Supermoon 2017: How to watch it this weekend

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Supermoon 2017: How to watch it this weekend

The weather in West Michigan looks to cooperate with partly cloudy to mostly clear skies from Saturday evening to Sunday morning. This is because it's a Supermoon, which is a full moon that's closer to the Earth than normal. When this happened previous year, the moon appeared up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal. On this day, the moon looks 10 percent bigger and 20 percent brighter. The moon's orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the earth.

When's the best time to view the supermoon?

This year's will occur Sunday, Dec. 3.

Mark your calendars: a series of three supermoons will appear on the celestial stage on December 3, 2017, January 1, 2018, and January 31, 2018. 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.

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How can I see the supermoon?

The result is that the full "super" moon appears slightly larger and slightly brighter to us in the sky.

You can see the Super Frost Moon any night this weekend; conditions in most of the country should be favorable for viewing, though there may be clouds in the far northeast and in the central parts of the country.

This solar event will take place tomorrow night and it has also been noted that the supermoon will coincide with the lunar eclipse in September 2033 (a date for your diary now) as this only happens a couple of times in a person's lifetime.

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. A Blue Moon can be a supermoon, just like any other full moon.

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