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Supermoon To Shine Over Idaho Sunday
01 December 2017, 09:47 | Justin Tyler
At that time, it will be a supermoon, the only one in 2017.
The point in the moon's orbit closest to Earth is called perigee, while the point in the orbit farthest from Earth is known as apogee.
This Sunday the moon will be about 222,272 miles from the Earth.
Part of it depends on where you're viewing the supermoon.
Despite what the popular term might suggest, the supermoon is in fact our regular moon, but much closer to Earth than usual.
'Comparing a supermoon with a typical full moon from memory is very hard'.
Lyle Tavernier, an educational technology specialist at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said: 'Full moons can occur at any point along the Moon's elliptical path, but when a full moon occurs at or near the perigee, it looks slightly larger and brighter than a typical full moon'. While the Full Cold Moon is technically the fourth supermoon of 2017, it's the only one you've been able to see with the naked eye, making it the only visible supermoon of 2017.
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So, why is the moonrise the best time to view the supermoon? You may also remember that the moon is higher in the sky in the winter and lower in the summer, while the Sun is lower in the winter and higher in the summer.
During the moon's closest pass by Earth, it will be just 225,744 miles (36,3299 kilometres) away. Amateur astronomer, Nick Holmes, has calculated how big each planet would look in our sky if it replaced the moon.
The above picture was taken from a west-facing sixth-floor window in my old apartment.
"If you stretch out your arm at full length, and stretch out your thumb, and compare the size of the full moon in the sky to the size of your thumb, you'll notice the width of the full moon compared to the size of your thumb; you can put four full moons across the width of your thumb".
Observers in Wales will get to see the moon rise over Cardiff around 4.33pm, before it sets at 8.28am the following day.
With the moon being as close to Earth as it is, there is a significant impact on the tides.
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