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When to watch the 2017 supermoon in New Orleans

When to watch the 2017 supermoon in New Orleans

"Nevertheless, the "moon illusion" can be a dramatic effect, and with the moon rising so early, there will be ample opportunities to see its apparently huge face juxtaposed with the eastern skyline".

Just over a year ago, we enjoyed an especially large supermoon: The one on November 14, 2016, was the closest one since January 26, 1948, which won't be surpassed again until the supermoon of November 25, 2034.

The sky will be illuminated with a brighter than usual glow from the moon Sunday as Earth welcomes its first - and last -supermoon of 2017.

A supermoon occurs when the sun, moon and Earth align, and a full or new moon aligns with the sun's lunar orb.

There are plenty of places around the USA where you can enjoy the Supermoon as long as the sky is clear, even if just for a minute. While the full moon rises about once per month, supermoons can only occur a few times per year - max. Check your local moonrise time here.

If you miss it, not to worry. The moon will reach its perigee when it will be at a distance of 222,135 miles (357,492 kilometers) from earth on December 4 at 3:45 a.m. EST (0845 GMT, 2.15 IST). In fact, the change in the moon's apparent size throughout its orbit is imperceptible to the unaided eye.

If it's too cloudy, or too cold to go outside, there are options to beam the supermoon straight to your living room.

If the skies do end up under cloud cover, or you just don't feel like getting off the couch, the folks at the Virtual Telescope Project will be livestreaming the event. If you choose to watch it live, check what local time you should tune in here. This is also why both times are the best for watching the supermoon.

To take a picture of the supermoon with a smartphone, tap on the moon on the screen and hold your finger in place to lock the camera's focus. "Then slide your finger up or down to darken or lighten the exposure". He says that it's important to keep in mind that the moon is a moving object. "Everyone will get that shot".

Fortunately, unlike the solar eclipse, the supermoon is safe to view with the naked eye!


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