Super Frost Moon Lights Up the Sky This Weekend

Super Frost Moon Lights Up the Sky This Weekend

Supermoons happen when a full moon is closest to earth in its orbit.

The moon will be visible to see on Sunday after 5 p.m. when it begins to rise, however, it won't officially be a Supermoon until it is at its closest point to Earth, which will be at approximately 4 a.m. on Monday.

A supermoon occurs when the sun, moon and Earth align, and a full or new moon aligns with the sun's lunar orb.

On Saturday, the distance between the earth and moon was 3,57,492 km. Hence, for those in the Northern hemisphere, it is a cold supermoon.

But the astronomer warned that as use of the nickname "supermoon" grows, so do expectations.

However, December's full moon is the only visible supermoon.

Super Frost Moon Lights Up the Sky This Weekend

If you don't think you'll want to leave the comfort of your own home to view the celestial event, there will be two livestreams of the supermoon. Even so, the supermoon is still worth viewing.

The January 31 supermoon will also be the second full Moon of the month. It appears the biggest and brightest during this time because of a "moon illusion" effect, which is created when you're able to compare the moon to other objects for scale.

An image of the moon taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is shown in two halves to illustrate the difference between the apparent size of a supermoon (left) and a "micromoon" (right).

"If you stretch out your arm at full length, and stretch out your thumb, and compare the size of the full moon in the sky to the size of your thumb, you'll notice the width of the full moon compared to the size of your thumb; you can put four full moons across the width of your thumb".

The first and last "Supermoon" of 2017 will be visible in the sky this weekend.

The moon is nearly full Saturday night and will be full Sunday. "But it's another great chance to watch the Moon".

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