Supermoon 2017: How to see it in Chicago Sunday

02 December, 2017, 01:32 | Author: Grady Montgomery
  • A supermoon rises behind Glastonbury Tor in September 2015 in Glastonbury England

The moon's closest point to Earth during orbit is called its perigee, and the moon will be at 222,135 miles away from Earth when it reaches its perigee during the early hours of December 4, according to Space.com. The brightest moon in nearly 69 years is lighting up the sky in a treat for star watchers around the globe. You can even find the exact time for optimal supermoon viewing in your state.

During moonrise, "you will experience the optical illusion which makes the moon appear larger when viewed against the horizon", Jackie Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History told Business Insider. It will shine up to 30 percent brighter, not only because it's close to Earth, but also because Earth will nearing its closest to the Sun in early January. Perigee syzygy has occurred three previous times in 2017.

On Sunday evening, the moon will appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, as it is at its closest point to Earth.

While the Full Cold Moon is technically the fourth supermoon of 2017, it's the only one you've been able to see with the naked eye, making it the only visible supermoon of 2017. This is also why both times are the best for watching the supermoon. That's why supermoons would even more rare if the moon didn't precess. But, why does the moon look so much larger, and yet so much further away, while it's ascending in the sky versus when it's directly overhead? Instead, it travels in an ellipse that brings the Moon closer to and farther from Earth in its orbit. The moon will be closest to the earth and appear its largest at 3:45 a.m. on December 4, they added.




The above picture was taken from a west-facing sixth-floor window in my old apartment.

In London, the dazzling full moon will begin to rise at around 4.21pm, before setting the next morning at 8.15am.

Other names include the "big spirit moon" or 'blue moon'. The only thing that's changed is my view and perception of it.

When the moon is closest, the tide will be at its highest, and the same happens with a new or full moon. "That means we judge celestial objects that are overhead to be closer than celestial objects on the horizon".

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