On December 3, the moon will put on a spectacular show. It will be the biggest and brightest Full Cold Moon, or supermoon, of 2017.
Supermoon – what is it?
A supermoon occurs at a point when a full moon coincides with the perigee of the moon’s orbital cycle. A perigee is a point when the moon comes in closest proximity to the Earth during its orbit.
Since an orbit is not a perfect circle, the moon is typically situated between 4,05,555 km to 3,63,712 km from our planet.
The shorter the distance, the bigger the moon appears larger in the sky. In turn, it reflects more light and looks brighter.
Sunday’s supermoon will be the first and only of 2017
It will shine 16 percent brighter and 7 percent larger than normal, reports National Geographic.
According to Space.com, people in some part of the USA, Russia, and Bangladesh will be able to witness the event. The best time to see the supermoon would be just after the sunset.
Full Cold Moon
This year’s supermoon is also called Full Cold Moon since it’s the first full moon of December marking that winter is finally here.