Year's brightest supermoon coming to OR skies Sunday night


When the splendid full moon rises this weekend, she'll look a bit bigger and brighter than usual.

The full moon will be the first and last supermoon of 2017 and it's expected to be spectacular. However, the moon will still appear plenty big when it rises in the eastern sky Sunday evening.

A supermoon happens when a full moon is at or near its perigee, the point in the moon's orbit when it is closest to Earth.

Guess what: It's supermoon time!

On Dec. 4, the high tide will reach 6.8 feet at 9:30 Port San Luis.

The moon won't actually change during this event, but it will be a lot closer to earth.

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On Dec. 3 Earth will view its only visible "supermoon" of the year, making the planet's moon appear much larger and brighter than at any other point in 2017.

The Virtual Telescope project will also provide a livestream of the supermoon's rise over Rome's legendary skyline on December 3, starting at 4 p.m. UT (11 a.m. ET).

On Sunday, the moon will become full about 7:47 a.m. and reach perigee early the next day, at 12:45 a.m., reported. Even though that average is around 14, the next supermoon occurs on January 1, 2018.

Now there will always be the writers who, dripping with too-cool-for-school ennui, will say, "oh look, a full moon" as they explain that it's not a big deal and that the media is just setting people up for disappointment.

Wellington: In New Zealand's capital Wellington city, the full moon will be observed at 4:46 am local time on December 4.

Stargazers who missed the December 3 supermoon will have two more opportunities in January and February to see the bright lunar phenomenon, according to NASA. If you choose to watch it live, check what local time you should tune in here.