Skywatchers: See full supermoon on December 3

Supermoon Alert! Sunday's Full Moon Will Be 2017's Only Supermoon

It'll be almost full Saturday night with clear skies for viewing.

A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the point in orbit in which the moon is closest to Earth.

Supermoons occur when a full moon reaches an orbit where it is the closest to the earth, making the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

By some measures, Sunday night's full moon is the only supermoon of 2017. "This is because the moon revolves round the Earth in an elliptical orbit".

The Slooh Supermoon Challenge livestream will kick off on Sunday December 3 at 9pm EST (Monday December 4 at 2am).

The first visible supermoon in just about a year takes place this weekend, giving stargazers a rare glimpse to view the moon at its biggest and brightest.

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According to Michael Nicholas, Public Observer Director of Chicago's Adler Planetarium, the moon will cope a distance of 222,135km from the ground today.

The bigger question is whether we'll be able to see the supermoon in Seattle. This makes the full moon appear even larger and luminous due to its increased proximity to the planet.

"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

The next supermoons are on January 2 and January 31, 2018.

There is an option offered by the Italian-based Virtual Telescope Project, which consists of several robotic telescopes remotely accessible in real-time over the Internet. 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.

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