Super "Frost" moon this weekend

03 December, 2017, 01:44 | Author: Edward Snyder
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Sunday brings about our monthly appearance of a full moon, but this weekend it will be especially spectacular.

Too busy to for moon viewing on Sunday? Since it is the second full moon of the month, it will also be a "blue moon", which only happens every two and a half years on average.

"It is said that the moon appears larger because we compare it with terrestrial objects such as trees or buildings".

According to Michelle Nichols, director of public observing at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, there is a reason behind the moon's captivating close approach to the Earth.

A description of the moon's orbit. When a full moon is closer to our planet, the tide levels are often higher. Experts say it'll be roughly 222,000 miles away, which is roughly 10,000 to 20,000 miles closer than normal.

On Saturday, the distance between the earth and moon was 3,57,492 km.

But the astronomer warned that as use of the nickname "supermoon" grows, so do expectations. The scientific term is "perigee syzygy". Supermoons are set to occur twice in January, on the 2nd and 31st. This is because the previous two were around the time of a new moon, which isn't visible in the sky.




Supermoons occur roughly once a year. Even more so if it's a supermoon. This is known as the moon illusion and the moon hasn't grown; it's a trick your eyes are playing on you. Some people, Joseph said, might not notice anything or just assume it's like any other full moon.

Will you be sky-watching on Monday night?

2017's only supermoon will begin around 7 p.m. CST on Sunday night. "But it's another great chance to watch the Moon".

"The supermoon is a 16-inch pizza compared with a 15-inch pizza", he says.

"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".

"You can do the experiment with your outstretched thumb". Then do it somewhere else.

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