Look for December's Supermoon this Weekend!

According to a press release issued by Poornaprajna Amateur Astronomers' Club Co-ordinator Dr A P Bhat, supermoons happen when a full moon approximately coincides with a moon's perigee or a point in its elliptical orbit at which it is closest to earth. With the total eclipse, it'll be a royal spectacle indeed: "a 'super blue blood" Moon.

The moon will be roughly 10,000 miles closer to Earth on Sunday evening, creating our first and only Supermoon of the year.

A supermoon can appear up to 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger than when the moon is at its farthest distance from Earth. When a full moon is closer to our planet, the tide levels are often higher.

It'll be full again on Sunday night, but you'll have to be more patient trying to get a good look at it. This Sunday's supermoon will appear a little boring in comparison, only appearing seven percent larger and 16 percent brighter. But for not-so-close observers?

Supermoon Sightings From Around The World
Supermoon Sightings From Around The World Joseph Kaczmarek AP

"The supermoon is a 16-inch pizza compared with a 15-inch pizza", he says.

If you miss this year's supermoon, don't worry.

You'll be able to watch the supermoon starting on Sunday Dec. 3.

Stargazers will get a chance to witness the first and only supermoon of this year Sunday night. NASA calls it the supermoon trilogy, with the next two occurring on January 1 and January 31. One is offered by the Virtual Telescope Project based in Rome. But any time you catch a full Moon as it rises or sets, while it's suspended low on the horizon beaming through the silhouettes of trees or buildings, its apparent size might make you do a double-take. That'll be a super moon, even by Neil deGrasse Tyson's standards.

  • Joey Payne