Tomorrow - We will see the supermoon for the first time in 2017

Posted December 03, 2017

As if that weren't enough: This supermoon, the only one visible in 2017, is also a Super Frost Moon. The full moon phase will be on December 3, at 9.16 pm, when the moon will be about 491 km (or 0.14%) farther than its closest point the next day.

As explained by astronomers, the phenomenon of SUPERLINE is due to the fact that the full Moon, moving on an elliptical orbit, suitable as close to the Ground. The next time the moon will come that close to the Earth will be on November 25, 2034.

The distance between the moon and Earth constantly changes.

"The moon's orbit is not a circle, it's sort of an egg shape so sometimes it's further away and sometimes it's close to us", Head of Astronomy at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills Michael Narlock told WWJ Newsradio 950's Jason Scott. When a full moon is closer to our planet, the tide levels are often higher.

The supermoon tends to be brighter and appear to be larger than its usual size.

By NASA's calculations, the moon will appear as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter to many viewers around the world.

An airplane flies past the moon above Stamford, Conn. on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.

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Astrologer Richard Nolle defined a supermoon in 1979, but the term has really taken off in the past few years.

"When you look at it from near the horizon, there's an optical illusion", says Nichols.

When's the best time to view the supermoon?

This is known as the moon illusion and the moon hasn't grown; it's a trick your eyes are playing on you.

A Blue Moon can be a supermoon, just like any other full moon.

A supermoon is also believed to have an impact on the Earth's waters.

Will you be sky-watching on Monday night?

"The supermoon gets headlines because the moon's a little bigger and a little brighter, but people get frustrated that they can't always tell the difference".