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When to watch the 2017 supermoon in New Orleans

When to watch the 2017 supermoon in New Orleans

The Cold Moon won't actually reach the closest point to the Earth's surface until Monday morning, but Sunday night is when it will be at its most striking. It's also reaching the point in its phase where it will be full.

The biggest full moon of the year will also shine the brightest this weekend when the first - and only - visible supermoon of 2017 rises Sunday night.

The moon will become full at 10:47 a.m. EST Sunday.

Stargazers who missed the December 3 supermoon will have two more opportunities in January and February to see the bright lunar phenomenon, according to NASA. We had three in 2016, and the one on November 16 of that year was the closest we've had since 1948, according to NASA, and we won't have another one like that until 2034. So you can fully appreciate this rare moment in space and time.

Get your eyes to the sky, America, because the supermoon is coming.

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The moon will rise at a different time depending on where you are. The closer to the equator you are, the later it will rise.

That's because the timing has to be just right.

The best time for moon-watching will be just after sunset, when the moon is beginning to rise. On Dec. 3 Earth will view its only visible "supermoon" of the year, making the planet's moon appear much larger and brighter than at any other point in 2017.

When a full moon occurs near or during a perigee, it's called a Supermoon.

Traditionally known as the Cold Moon, this supermoon is a December-only phenomenon and will appear to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual. Winter full moons appear larger than those that occur during the summer too, this happens in the Northern Hemisphere because the sun's gravity is pulling the moon closer to the Earth as well.


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