Skywatchers: See full supermoon on December 3

03 December, 2017, 01:19 | Author: Delbert Rhodes
  • View of the supermoon from Japan

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has denied reports of supermoon sighting in Pakistan in a statement issued on Saturday by clearing that it would be full moon instead.

This last full moon of the year is known as a Frost Moon, Cold Moon or Moon Before Yule. Perigee is the point in the moon's orbit at which the moon is closest to the Earth.

In November 2016, the moon reached a distance closest to the Earth than ever seen since 1948, producing a supersized supermoon.

Each month the moon rotates around the earth in an ellipse rather than a ideal circle. When a full moon is closer to our planet, the tide levels are often higher. The best time to see it will be anytime after moonrise, which will occur around 5 p.m. local time in the USA depending on your time zone. As a result, the moon appears to be up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter during a supermoon.

But for those who can't wake up that early, the moon will still look bigger - and brighter - throughout the night. The weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies on Sunday night, and you can check the National Weather Service's graphical forecast for a more specific prediction.

An aircraft taking off from Ronald Reagan National Airport is seen passing in front of the Moon as it rises Sunday Dec. 3 2017 in Washington D.C
An aircraft taking off from Ronald Reagan National Airport is seen passing in front of the Moon as it rises Sunday Dec. 3 2017 in Washington D.C

When's the best time to view the supermoon?

A supermoon is also believed to have an impact on the Earth's waters. "But it's another great chance to watch the Moon".

A Blue Moon can be a supermoon, just like any other full moon. On the three dates marked, step out into the moonset or moonrise and look up for a trilogy of sky watching treats!

"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".

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