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Super Frost Moon Will Light Up the Sky This Weekend

03 December 2017

As if that weren't enough: This supermoon, the only one visible in 2017, is also a Super Frost Moon.

December's full moon is known as the Cold Moon or Frost Moon in the northern hemisphere.

At different stages in the moon's orbit around the earth it will be closer to us or further away.

Though this event is actually the fourth supermoon of 2017, the first three were not visible to the naked eye because they occurred during a new moon, when the darkened face of the moon is facing Earth. It is anticipated that it will be within 222,443 miles from our planet at 4 pm on December 4.

To see the moon at its most vivid, it's best to catch a glimpse just after sun down.

Tomorrow will mark the closest the moon will orbit to the earth all year round and will appear bigger and brighter than usual.

But for those who can't wake up that early, the moon will still look bigger - and brighter - throughout the night.

A supermoon rises behind St Paul's Cathedral in London last year
AFPImage captionA supermoon rises behind St Paul’s Cathedral in London last year

The finest time span to observe the supermoon is right after the moonrise and just before the sunrise, but the moon will stun throughout its voyage across the sky.

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.

"It is said that the moon appears larger because we compare it with terrestrial objects such as trees or buildings".

The January 31 supermoon will also be the second full Moon of the month.

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While the supermoon can come out looking larger in photos (thanks to long lenses and editing) than it does when looking at it in person, Nichols says it is an incredible opportunity to get people interested in science and astronomy.

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Super Frost Moon Will Light Up the Sky This Weekend