Supermoon Dec 2016: When, Where & How to See It

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(Updated Dec. 5) This year, a full moons of October, Nov and Dec all take place when a moon is during a closest indicate of proceed in a circuit around Earth — a supposed supermoon

The third and final installment of this supermoon trifecta will be on Tuesday, Dec. 13. The moon will strech rise generosity at 7:05 p.m. EST (0005 GMT on Dec. 14), though it will seem full to a infrequent spectator a night before and after a categorical event. The online Virtual Telescope Project will host a webcast featuring live views of a supermoon starting during 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) on Dec. 13.

December’s full moon falls on a same night as a rise of a Geminid meteor shower, and unfortunately for skywatchers, that will meant bad meteor-viewing conditions. The light of a full moon will revoke prominence “five to 10 fold,” according to a matter from NASA. Under those conditions, skywatchers will expected see fewer than a dozen Geminids per hour. The Slooh Community Observatory will host a webcast for a Geminid shower. You can watch that webcast live on, pleasantness of Slooh. [Supermoon Science: NASA Explains a Extra-close Full Moon (Video)]


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A full moon occurs any month when a sun, Earth and moon line up, with a moon on a side of a Earth conflicting to a sun. The tenure “supermoon” is used to report a full moon during a perigee — a indicate in a moon’s circuit when it is closest to Earth, causing it to seem adult to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter in a sky, NASA officials pronounced in a statement. 

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Credit: Sky and Telescope, Laurent Laveder

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December’s full moon is also famous in a Northern Hemisphere as a Full Cold Moon and a Long Nights Moon, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. It follow’s November’s full Beaver Moon, so-named since it arrives during a time of year when hunters would set traps before a waters froze over, to safeguard they had adequate comfortable furs for a winter. December’s full moon also has been referred to as a full Frost Moon, according to a Old Farmer’s Almanac.

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