The first and only supermoon of 2017 will rise Sunday night (Dec. 3rd). A supermoon is a full moon but it’s when it’s closer to Earth. The moon’s orbit around our planet is not perfectly circular, so on average it is 238,000 miles away from Earth. When it reaches perigee, that is when the moon is closest, thus making it a supermoon.  During perigee, the moon is 225,622 miles away from Earth–About 12,000 miles closer than normal! A distance that much closer combined with the full moon gives the moon the effect of being 14 percent larger as well as 30% brighter.

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Below are times for various cities of when the moon rises and sets, courtesy of timeanddate.com.

New York City:

Moonrise: 4:59pm Sunday

Moonset: 7:50am Monday

 

Atlanta:

Moonrise: 5:57pm Sunday

Moonset: 8:17am Monday

 

Miami:

Moonrise: 5:54pm Sunday

Moonset: 7:43am Monday

 

Chicago:

Moonrise: 4:52pm Sunday

Moonset: 7:50am Monday

 

Dallas:

Moonrise: 5:51pm Sunday

Moonset: 8:07am Monday

 

Seattle:

Moonrise: 4:59pm Sunday

Moonset: 8:34am Monday

 

Los Angeles:

Moonrise: 5:17pm Sunday

Moonset: 7:39am Monday

 

Get the cameras out and enjoy the show of the supermoon. If you don’t get to see it or the weather doesn’t cooperate, the next supermoons will be on January 1st and January 31st.

 

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Jackson is COO and Head of Content and Strategy of WeatherOptics. He also designed his own website and created the local company, Jackson's Weather. He has been forecasting the weather for southwestern Connecticut since March of 2015. He is currently a senior in high school and will major in Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Miami in Fall 2018.

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