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This will mean that the on the night of the December 3 the moon will be seven per cent larger and 16 per cent brighter than usual. At that same time, the moon will make its closest approach to the Earth - the definition of a supermoon. The moon will appear bigger and brighter, although it will pale in comparison to last November's supermoon, which was about 14 percent bigger and shone about 30 percent brighter, The Guardian noted.

It is believed that for a moon to be considered a supermoon it must be within 226,000 miles from the earth. The moon's orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the earth. "Sometimes during the year we get an opportunity to see the full moon when it is at its closest point and that's what we'll be seeing on December 3". Hence, for those in the Northern hemisphere, it is a cold supermoon.

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A bright treat will greet skygazers Sunday night. NASA officials said the second supermoon is coming on New Year's Day. Technically, in the night from Sunday to Monday we will rate for the fourth Supermoon of the year - the only one that can see with their own eyes. The best time to see it will be anytime after moonrise, which will occur around 5 p.m. local time in the USA depending on your time zone. In fact, the supermoon slated for January 31, 2018, will be both, making it a Super Blue Moon. Even more so if it's a supermoon.

"Often I find when the moon is near the horizon I have a better chance of incorporating it with a landmark or person, but there are no rules and sometimes a tall object such as the Washington Monument here in D.C. can be used when the moon is at a very high angle".

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This optical illusion also occurs when watching the supermoon immediately after sunset (or before sunrise).

An image of the moon taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is shown in two halves to illustrate the difference between the apparent size of a supermoon (left) and a "micromoon" (right). On the three dates marked, step out into the moonset or moonrise and look up for a trilogy of sky watching treats!

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