You Can See An Enormous Supermoon Illuminating Vancouver This Weekend

Dec 01, 2017, 06:21
You Can See An Enormous Supermoon Illuminating Vancouver This Weekend

We had three in 2016, and the one on November 16 of that year was the closest we've had since 1948, according to NASA, and we won't have another one like that until 2034.

Not only will the moon appear brighter and larger, but we will also see some of the biggest tides of the year (king tides).

While the Moon's average distance is 238,000 miles from Earth, its orbit isn't perfectly circular.

Most astronomers suggest watching the supermoon right after sunset and into moonrise, and minutes before the next sunrise as well.

Also, look for the supermoon when it's near the horizon during moonrise/moonset. It will officially reach perigee the next day, December 4, at 3:45 a.m. ET when it is 222,135 miles away from Earth - almost 16,000 miles closer than it normally is throughout the year, Space.com reports.

Apogee occurs when the Moon is at its farthest point from Earth while perigee occurs when the Moon is at its closest point.

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There are plenty of places around the US where you can enjoy the Supermoon as long as the sky is clear, even if just for a minute. In fact, the change in the moon's apparent size throughout its orbit is imperceptible to the unaided eye. This is also why both times are the best for watching the supermoon.

"Tap the screen and hold your finger on the object (in this case, the moon) to lock the focus".

Bigger and brighter than a typical full moon, the term "supermoon" was coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle.

Bill Ingalls, a NASA photographer, says that those capturing the event through their smartphones have to focus on the correct light balance. "Everyone will get that shot".

For everyone waiting to catch a glimpse of the last supermoon of 2017, taking pictures to preserve the moment can be easy. There's nothing to worry about if you find yourself enthralled, and staring up into the sky for a very long time.

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