All sky-gazers can get ready to witness a Supermoon for the third and last time this year on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. The moon will reach its perigee at 05:00 GMT (19:05 EST) on December 14, 2016.
The moon will appear full to viewers before, as well as, post the event. On December 13, the Supermoon can be watched live online from 16:00 GMT (11:00 EST) on a webcast by Virtual Telescope Project, Space.com reported.
The full moon of December will be even more special, as it will coincide with the Geminid meteor shower, but there are chances that sky-watchers won't be able to enjoy the meteor shower because of the moonlight.
As per a NASA report, the luminosity of the meteor shower will be depleted by two- to 10-fold. The Geminid meteor shower can be enjoyed live on this webcast, which will be hosted by Slooh Community Observatory.
The next time you will have the opportunity to admire the Supermoon will be on November 25, 2034.
The Supermoon was observed in the October, as well as November. The perigee of the moon was last seen this close way back in 1948, a NASA press release stated.
When the Earth is between the moon and the Sun, a fullmoon appears. It is termed a Supermoon when it is present at its perigee, or on a point of its orbit that has the maximum proximity to the Earth.
A statement issued by NASA revealed that this makes the moon appear 30% more luminous and 14% larger in size.
People staying in rural areas are likely to have a better view of the Supermoon than those staying in urban areas, due to excessive light and air pollution. Try sky-watching from a comparatively darker place to get an enhanced sight of our natural satellite.
Check out the tips in this article that can aid in making your moon-watching experience even more amazing.