Четверг, 14 Декабря, 2017

December supermoon dazzles in the night sky

The moon rises over the CN Tower and skyline in Toronto Ontario Saturday Dec. 2 2017. The Canadian Press  Mark Blinch  The Canadian Press via AP The moon rises over the CN Tower and skyline in Toronto Ontario Saturday Dec. 2 2017. The Canadian Press Mark Blinch The Canadian Press via AP
Frank Williams | 04 Декабря, 2017, 16:11

The next two will occur on Jan. 1, 2018, and Jan. 31; since the supermoon on Jan. 31 will be the second full moon in January, it's dubbed a Blue Moon, and will occur during a total lunar eclipse.

Also known as a Cold Moon, this phenomenon is caused when the orbit of a new or full moon is in sync with the its closest approach to Earth, making it appear closer and brighter than usual.

Yesterday's full moon was 222,761 miles from Earth, closer than the average of 238,900 miles.

In the Philippines, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the moon reached its perigee at 04:43 p.m. but it reached the full moon phase almost 12 midnight.

According to NASA - that combination made the moon appear about 14 percent larger than it normally does.

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If you missed Sunday's Full Moon treat, take heart, it was the first of a trilogy of supermoons!

The moon is not actually that much closer to the earth, it is just our brain that interpret it as a lot closer.

Last night a supermoon hung over the United Kingdom as the country was treated to the natural phenomenon for the first time in over a year.

The moon rises over a building in Netanya, Israel, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

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