Skywatchers: See full supermoon on December 3


At that same time, the moon will make its closest approach to the Earth - the definition of a supermoon.

Earlier in November past year, PMD announced sighting of a full moon in the country that was 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the normal full moon because of its closest distance from the earth. Time your viewing for just after local sunset, National Geographic suggests, when the "moon illusion" will make the orb look especially large and vibrant.

The moon will appear to be about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter.

The day after the moon will be at its closest to earth in the month.

The last supermoon occurred approximately a year ago on December 14.

Supermoons of all sizes happen because the moon's orbit is not quite circular and the Earth isn't quite at the center of it. That kind of full moon won't be seen again from Earth until 2034, according to NASA.

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How can I see the supermoon?

And this will be a particularly bright supermoon for the United States, thanks to the more intense sunlight that reflects off the moon in winter, NASA said.

Stargazers are in for a treat when the first and only visible supermoon of the year lights up our skies this weekend - and here is when you'll be able to see it in South Yorkshire.

There is an option offered by the Italian-based Virtual Telescope Project, which consists of several robotic telescopes remotely accessible in real-time over the Internet.

Mark your calendars: a series of three supermoons will appear on the celestial stage on December 3, 2017, January 1, 2018, and January 31, 2018.

Another term for a supermoon is "perigee syzygy", with syzygy describing the alignment of the moon, Earth, and sun in a straight line.