Last Supermoon of 2016 Rises Tonight: What to Expect

December 13, 2016 - Supermoon

The Dec full Cold Moon will arise tonight (Dec. 13), marking the third and final supermoon to beauty a sky in 2016. 

A supermoon occurs when a moon is full and during a closest indicate to Earth in a 27-day orbit. December’s full moon follows November’s full Beaver Moon and October’s full Hunter’s Moon — both of that are also supermoons. In fact, November’s full moon was the closest to Earth given 1948, and a full moon won’t come that tighten again until Nov. 25, 2034.

Tonight’s supermoon also coincides with this year’s Geminid meteor shower, and, as with any full moon, a splendid light will problematic some of a fainter sharpened stars in a Geminids. A supermoon appears about 30 percent brighter in a sky than a full moon that’s positioned during a farthest stretch from Earth. The full moon will strech a rise generosity tonight during 7:05 p.m. EST (0005 GMT on Dec. 14), though it will seem full to a infrequent spectator a night before and a night after a categorical event. [Supermoon Dec 2016: When, Where How to See It]

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The full moon of Dec was named a full Cold Moon, as it is compared with cold winter nights in a Northern Hemisphere, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. The full moon also perceived a moniker Long Nights Moon since it occurs nearby a winter solstice — a shortest day of a year and a commencement of winter, that falls on Wednesday, Dec. 21, this year.

The Dec full moon is a third supermoon in a quarrel (after a supermoons of Oct and November), and it’s a final possibility skywatchers will have to see a full moon before 2016 comes to a close. A webcast featuring live views of a supermoon will be accessible online by a Virtual Telescope Project, starting during 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) on Dec. 13. 

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