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01 December 2017, 06:24 | Antonio Miles
2017 Supermoon: Where To See, And What Time To Look For The Lunar Event
December's perigee will bring the Moon within 221,821 miles to Earth.
The first supermoon of the year was visible on January 12, and the second was on November 3.
But for those who can't wake up that early, the moon will still look bigger - and brighter - throughout the night.
The moon won't actually change during this event, but it will be a lot closer to earth.
Wellington: In New Zealand's capital Wellington city, the full moon will be observed at 4:46 am local time on December 4. It's more like an oval, so at times it's closer to the Earth than it is at other times.
And Sunday's supermoon marks the closest the lunar orb will come to our planet this year, just under 222,500 miles away. Supermoons occur when the moon is full and closer to Earth than normal.
Stargazers are buckling up for the upcoming supermoon of 2017.
NASA points out that "supermoon" is not an official astronomical term, but one that has caught on with the public. Perigee syzygy has occurred three previous times in 2017. But supermoons would even more rare if the moon didn't precess. As this point, it benefits from the "moon illusion", an optical trick in which it appears huge when seen against the human-scaled environment.
While the moon is undoubtedly bothbigger and brighter than usual, our eyes tend to trick us into seeing the moon as larger than it truly is.
The good news is you can still see the (mostly - 99 percent) full moon Saturday and Monday. If you choose to watch it live, check what local time you should tune in here.
This optical illusion also occurs when watching the supermoon immediately after sunset (or before sunrise). However, the moon will still appear plenty big when it rises in the eastern sky Sunday evening.
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