Supermoon to Light Up the Sky for the First Time in 2017

The 2017 supermoon How to see it and get the best

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.

If you miss this one, however, don't fret: The first two full moons of 2018 will be supermoons.

The moon's orbit around the Earth is not a ideal circle, meaning the distance between the two bodies grows and shrinks as the lunar planet plods eternal laps around us. Each time the moon orbits the Earth, every 29.5 days, it will reach a close point to the Earth (perigee), and a far point (apogee), and occasionally, the close point will be close to the date of the full moon or new moon, a supermoon.

When can I see the supermoon?

This celestial phenomenon takes place when perigee takes place and the moon comes to the closest point to earth.

Now there will always be the writers who, dripping with too-cool-for-school ennui, will say, "oh look, a full moon" as they explain that it's not a big deal and that the media is just setting people up for disappointment. The moon will still be super-sized when it becomes visible that evening and will officially reach its perigee at 3:45 a.m. ET on December 4. If the moon is a bit bigger and brighter, even better.

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Due to the optical effect known as the moon illusion, the full moon can seem huge when rising behind distant objects on the horizon.

Also, look for the supermoon when it's near the horizon during moonrise/moonset.

What's the best way to photograph the supermoon?

The moon will appear about 7 percent bigger and 16 percent brighter than average. "Then slide your finger up or down to darken or lighten the exposure".

If you're using a DSLR, NASA's senior photographer Bill Ingalls recommends that you use the daylight white balance to adjust for the sunlight being reflected off the moon.

This supermoon won't be quite as special as last year's. Especially if you get something in the foreground when taking photos.

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