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Look for December's Supermoon this Weekend!

Look for December's Supermoon this Weekend!

The weather forecast calls for partly cloudy skies on Sunday night, and you can check the National Weather Service's graphical forecast for a more specific prediction.

According to www.nasa.gov, "A supermoon is a moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth".

A supermoon can appear up to 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger than when the moon is at its farthest distance from Earth. The best time to see it will be anytime after moonrise, which will occur around 5 p.m. local time in the USA depending on your time zone. At that point the moon will be 222,135 miles away from Earth - almost 16,000 miles closer than it usually is during the year, Space.com reported.

Supermoon Sightings From Around The World
Supermoon Sightings From Around The World Joseph Kaczmarek AP

The day after the moon will be at its closest to earth in the month.

However, due to an optical illusion the moon can sometimes appear even bigger and if last year's is anything to go by, viewers will be in for a visual treat.

For the Supermoon can be observed on 3 December from 19:00 Kyiv time.

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How can I see the supermoon?

If you aren't able to observe this weekend's supermoon, don't worry: The new year kicks off with two supermoons straight from the gate.

This year's supermoon will be visible Sunday evening and will reach its peak around 2:45 a.m. (CST) Monday morning.

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You also can catch the supermoon online at a free webcast from the Virtual Telescope Project starting at 16:00 UT on December 3.

If you're clouded out on Sunday, you can still get into the supermoon spirit on Sunday with streaming video from the Virtual Telescope Project or the Slooh online observatory.

While there is no formal definition of a supermoon, it's typically considered a full moon that occurs at perigee.

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