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03 December 2017, 01:24 | Clyde Nash
Supermoon Alert! Sunday's Full Moon Will Be 2017's Only Supermoon
The idea merely reflects the fact that the moon's apparent size varies depending on how close it gets in its elliptical orbit around Earth.
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.
"The moon's orbit is not a circle, it's sort of an egg shape so sometimes it's further away and sometimes it's close to us", Head of Astronomy at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills Michael Narlock told WWJ Newsradio 950's Jason Scott.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) officials had said that supermoon was seen 70 years ago however, the force of attraction was the strongest resulting in high tides than usual.
On Saturday, the distance between the earth and moon was 3,57,492 km. The result is that the full "super" moon appears slightly larger and slightly brighter to us in the sky. A full moon at perigee will look up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a full moon at apogee.
Stargazers will get a chance to witness the first and only supermoon of this year Sunday night.
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 more so if it's a supermoon. Most astronomers suggest watching the supermoon right after sunset and into moonrise, and minutes before the next sunrise as well.
A supermoon occurs when there is a full moon at or near the point where the moon reaches perigee.
The January 31 supermoon will also be the second full Moon of the month.
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