Supermoon 2017: How to watch it this weekend

Supermoon 2017: How to watch it this weekend

But what exactly is a supermoon, and if it's so special, when will it happen again next? 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. In fact, it usually isn't. "This makes the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual".

According to Space.com, supermoons occurs when a point in a full moon's orbit is closest to Earth.

This weekend, sky-watchers can look forward to a phenomenon that hasn't yet graced the skies this year: a supermoon.

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Rare sighting of the first and last supermoon of the year will be observed today all over the world including Pakistan.

If you miss the first viewing, another good time to sneak a peek is when the supermoon reaches its peak at 4 a.m. on December 4.

If you miss December's supermoon, you will get two more opportunities in early 2018, with supermoons occurring on January 2 and January 31.

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The last supermoon occurred approximately a year ago on December 14.

This means that each month the moon reaches a furthest point from earth and a closest point.

Those who miss out to view the supermoon in person can catch up with the sighting as the astronomical spectacle will be live streamed by robotic telescope service (Slooh). NASA calls it the supermoon trilogy, with the next two occurring on January 1 and January 31.

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Supermoon is the term given to the moon when it's two cycles around the earth match up. But that doesn't mean this weekend's supermoon won't be lovely - expect a full moon at least 7% bigger and 16% brighter than usual.

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