Full Night Cold Moon Sunday night – a full moon brighter and brighter than usual – will kick off a very special "supermoon trilogy", says NASA.
The full moon of December 3 is the first of three consecutive supermodels, including a lunar eclipse. The other supermodels will take place on January 1 and January 31, 2018. You can see Sunday's super moon live here, courtesy of the Slooh online astronomy service or directly from Slooh.com here.
If you only have time to catch one of them, be sure to see the January 31 super moon "extra special," NASA said in a statement on Friday (December 1). The supermoon of the end of January will take place during a total lunar eclipse visible from the west of North America, the Pacific and East Asia. It will also be a blue moon, too. [Supermoon 2017 Guide: When and How to See It]
A supermoon occurs when the full moon is at the closest point of its orbit to Earth, which is also called perigee. That makes the moon look closer and brighter: up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the full moon at its furthest point from Earth, called apogee.
Combine that with a lunar eclipse, and you'll have a spectacular view of the moon darkening as it moves out of sunlight and into the shadow of Earth. Only the light reflected on Earth will be visible on its surface, producing a reddish reddish color on the surface of the moon during the whole.
"The lunar eclipse of January 31 will be visible during dusk, where the eclipse will be partial, you will have to get up in the morning to see it," said Noah Petro, a researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, same statement. "But it is another great opportunity to see the moon." [Supermoon Secrets: 7 Wild Big Moon Facts]
As if the moon of January 31 was not special enough, that supermoon lunar eclipse will also be a "blue moon". That is a term for the second full moon in a month. Blue moons only happen every 2.5 years, it's worth going out to have a look.
Regardless of what supermoon you choose to watch, keep in mind that it is difficult for amateur astronomers to distinguish the full moon from a supermoon: the size difference is not as good. . If the moon is on the horizon, it may look much bigger, but that's an illusion Scientists call it the "illusion of the moon" and it may be because your brain compares it to nearby objects, or because your brain believes that objects on the horizon they are larger than the objects in the sky.
While the moon is always a beautiful sight in the sky, from time to time observers of the sky are treated with a special "supermoon". Do you know in what phase a super moon occurs? Or why supermoons do not happen every month?
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You do not need any special equipment to look at the full moon, only your eyes, and if you live in colder climates, some clothes Of coat. The moon will be visible even in areas with light pollution. To look at the moon in more detail, you can use a pair of binoculars or a small telescope.
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