When to watch the 2017 supermoon in New Orleans

When to watch the 2017 supermoon in New Orleans

Now, the sky will light up at exactly 6.06 pm on Sunday, December 3rd, providing a dazzling display overhead. Supermoons occur when the moon is full and closer to Earth than normal. (The point at which the moon is closest to Earth is known as the perigee.) Basically, what that means is it will look like the moon is particularly large and bright to viewers of the nightsky. The moon will be 16 percent more luminous and 7 percent bigger than it normally appears, National Geographic revealed. We won't actually see the moon when it's at its "fullest" because it will be below the horizon.

Tom Kerss, an astronomer at Royal Observatory Greenwich, stated that Sunday would be the best day to view the Cold Moon. The first two full moons of 2018 will both be supermoons - one on January 2 and a second on January 31. That distance won't be bested again until 2034.

Part of it depends on where you're viewing the supermoon.

It's often hard to differentiate a supermoon and a regular full moon.

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To take a picture of the supermoon with a smartphone, tap on the moon on the screen and hold your finger in place to lock the camera's focus.

If you're using a DSLR, NASA's senior photographer Bill Ingalls recommends that you use the daylight white balance to adjust for the sunlight being reflected off the moon.

This Sunday is your chance to get up close and personal with the Moon.

While the supermoon can come out looking larger in photos (thanks to long lenses and editing) than it does when looking at it in person, Nichols says it is an incredible opportunity to get people interested in science and astronomy. While the full moon rises about once per month, supermoons can only occur a few times per year - max. The supermoon will still be great as it traverses the sky. "It's a fun way to get involved in science".

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