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Check out the only supermoon of 2017 this weekend

Check out the only supermoon of 2017 this weekend

When to watch: The moon will become totally full on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 15:47 UTC, or 9:47 a.m. CT, but it won't reach its perigee until 2:45 a.m. CT on Dec. 4, according to Space.com. Supermoons occur when the moon is full and closer to Earth than normal. At that point, the moon will be just 222,135 miles from Earth, almost 16,000 miles closer than it normally is throughout the year.

FOX 13 Chief Meteorologist Paul Dellegatto says, because it's so close to Earth, a super full moon looks about 7 percent bigger and about 16 percent brighter than an average full moon.

In order to see the moon most clearly, stargazers should opt to travel outside of city limits; light pollution from the city lights obscures the view.

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

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

Though it will technically be the fourth supermoon of the year, none of the other three were visible as they came in the new moon phase, when the face of the moon shows black.

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The term has been around since 1979 and it describes a moment when the moon is closest to the Earth.

So when will you be able to see the supermoon? The moon should sit near the constellation Taurus, though it shouldn't be hard to spot.

"Tap the screen and hold your finger on the object (in this case, the moon) to lock the focus". The supermoon will still be great as it traverses the sky. "Then slide your finger up or down to darken or lighten the exposure".

"You can do the experiment with your outstretched thumb. It's a fun way to get involved in science".

To get an original shot, Ingalls suggests taking a picture that puts the moon in context of a local landmark, something that gives your photo a sense of place.


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