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Watch for 2017's first and last supermoon

02 December 2017, 12:16 | Bernard Bryant

REUTERS Amr Abdallah Dalsh The super moon appears in the sky in Cairo Egypt in this file


3, after sunset, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the first full moon supermoon of 2017!

"For this year's final supermoon, the perigee distance will be approximately 222,135 miles in the early morning hours of December 4 (in the United States)", says Nichols.

The moonrise will appear at similar times across the United Kingdom, with just a few minute differences from the north to the south.

Observers in Wales will get to see the moon rise over Cardiff around 4.33pm, before it sets at 8.28am the following day. Most astronomers suggest watching the supermoon right after sunset and into moonrise, and minutes before the next sunrise as well. The moon will approach earth at a minimum distance for 2017 - 357 495 km.

This Sunday, Idahoans will be treated to a bigger, brighter moon in the evening sky.

December's full moon is known as the Cold Moon or Frost Moon due to the cold weather at this time of year.

Even though this is the only supermoon of 2017, there's already two dates to look forward to in 2018 when the occurrence will happen again.

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"The moon's orbit is not a flawless circle".

Every month's full moon has its own name, according to National Geographic.

Last year, when the full moon of November 14, 2016 was the closest supermoon in nearly 70 years, the media attention was somewhat pitched, and NASA responded with some advice from one of its senior photographers on how to best snap a shot.

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.

On the other hand, a micromoon occurs when a full moon or new moon coincides with apogee; the point in the moon's orbit farthest away from Earth.

It takes the Moon just slightly over 27 days to fully orbit the Earth, and during this time the natural satellite reaches both its apogee and perigee.

A supermoon occurs when the moon reaches its perigee at the same time it is in the full moon phase, said Angela Speck, MU director of astronomy and professor of astrophysics.

"That's what the term "supermoon" refers to".

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