Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Research | By Derrick Holloway

This Year's Only Supermoon Is Almost Here - Here's How To See It

This Year's Only Supermoon Is Almost Here - Here's How To See It

Vancouverites were privy to a number of spectacular astral displays this year, including the total solar eclipse back in August.

If you miss the massive lunar spectacle on December 3, you won't have to wait long for the next supermoon to appear.

The previous supermoon was the closest to Earth since 1948, and we won't see another like that until 2034.

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The moon's orbit around the Earth is not a ideal circle, meaning the distance between the two bodies grows and shrinks as the lunar planet plods eternal laps around us. During its orbit, the moon passes through two points: Perigee and apogee. Specially, NASA describes the occurrence as a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit. December's perigee will bring the Moon within 221,821 miles to Earth. Not only is it the last full moon of the year, it's also the biggest.

The year's biggest, brightest supermoon is set to grace OR skies this Sunday.

How often do supermoons occur?

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The Moon will rise in the northeastern sky Saturday afternoon at 5:06 p.m. and will set in the northwestern sky Sunday morning at 6:45 a.m. That's when it was the smallest full moon for this year. The best time to watch a supermoon is when it's low, near the horizon. "The difference in distance between these close and far points can be as much as about 30,000 miles".

"To the untrained eye, the Moon will look no different", Faherty told Business Insider in an email. Some supermoons can appear about 14 percent fuller than regular full moons. Yeah, the supermoon looks like that. At this time, the moon also appears both bigger and brighter than it actually is.

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December's full moon is typically called the "cold moon" as we begin to see arctic outbreaks across the Northern Hemisphere.

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