Supermoon to Light Up the Sky for the First Time in 2017

December Full 'Cold Moon,' First and Only Supermoon of 2017, to Be Visible Sunday Night
2017 Supermoon: Where To See, And What Time To Look For The Lunar Event
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01 December, 2017

The full supermoon won't technically hit the USA until Monday morning (12:45am PT, 3:45am ET), but most of the best moon photo ops happen around moonrise and moonset - that will be around 5pm ET on Saturday and 7:50am ET on Sunday.

The Cold Moon won't actually reach the closest point to the Earth's surface until Monday morning, but Sunday night is when it will be at its most striking. The moon will appear about 7 percent bigger and 16 percent brighter than average. This is what makes the natural satellite appear bigger and brighter. This is because the previous two were around the time of a new moon, which isn't visible in the sky. The full moon is a gorgeous thing on its own and anytime people get excited to look up and revel in the wonders of the sky, it's a win for nature.

Though it will technically be the fourth supermoon of the year, none of the other three were visible as they came in the new moon phase, when the face of the moon shows black. That distance won't be bested again until 2034. But since the date didn't coincide with a full moon, it didn't qualify as a supermoon.

Still, don't sleep on the supermoon expected Sunday: It's the only one we'll see for all of 2017.

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The full moon will be visible in the constellation of Taurus and it is said to be officially full on December 3, it will still appear as a full moon to the spectators a night before and after.

Bill Ingalls, a NASA photographer, says that those capturing the event through their smartphones have to focus on the correct light balance.

Do I need special glasses to watch the supermoon?

The supermoon will still be great as it traverses the sky.

To take a picture of the supermoon with a smartphone, tap on the moon on the screen and hold your finger in place to lock the camera's focus.

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