Dave the Atheist
Date: December 02, 2017 10:47PM
The only supermoon of 2017 occurs this weekend.
Go outside and have a look.
AKALib writes ...
"The moon will turn full at 10:47 AM EST Sunday morning; the Moons closest approach to Earth (perigee) will occur about 17 hours later, around 03:47 AM EST Monday morning. At the time of the full Moon, the Moon will be will only be 492 km further away from the Earth than it will be at its closest (perigee), making it appear 13.6% larger in diameter and 29% larger in area than if it were the distance of apogee (farthest point in orbit) on December 18, 2017.
The next two full moons on Jan 1, 2018 and Jan 31, 2018 are also classified as supermoons.
The January 31st supermoon will feature a super special treat — it will coincide with a total lunar eclipse, with totality viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia.
The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible in America during moonset. Folks in the Eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it. The Supermoon of course will be visible all night.
The January 31st supermoon will also be the second full Moon of the month, which is known as a Blue Moon. Blue Moons happen every two and a half years, on average. A total lunar eclipse is also referred to as a Blood Moon because the moon often takes on a reddish color. Hence the January 31 moon can be called a royal ‘blue blood’ Supermoon!"https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=tARtQkWdZSM
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 12/02/2017 10:57PM by Dave the Atheist.