Supermoon expected in skies above Gedling borough on Sunday

At that point, the moon will be just 222,135 miles from Earth, almost 16,000 miles closer than it normally is throughout the year.

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.

While it has been a year since a visible supermoon last lit up the sky, everyone in the world has a chance to marvel at this upcoming full moon.

It can be tough to snap a good shot of the moon, but equipment like a telephoto lens or an adaptor on a small telescope helps, Faherty said.

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 full moon won't come that close again until 2034. The moon's average distance is 238,000 miles.

Apogee occurs when the Moon is at its farthest point from Earth while perigee occurs when the Moon is at its closest point.

We had a total solar eclipse, several meteor showers, and now a supermoon in December.

And while it may appear super, the term "supermoon" is not the official term for the astronomical phenomenon. Perigee syzygy has occurred three previous times in 2017.

At that moment, the moon will not be visible over most of North America. We won't actually see the moon when it's at its "fullest" because it will be below the horizon. "This is when, weather permitting, it will appear at its clearest and brightest".

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. The best time to watch a supermoon is when it's low, near the horizon.

This optical illusion also occurs when watching the supermoon immediately after sunset (or before sunrise).

The moon will also appear to be a bit bigger due to its closeness to Earth.

What's the best way to photograph the supermoon?

It's often hard to differentiate a supermoon and a regular full moon.

"If you stretch out your arm at full length, and stretch out your thumb, and compare the size of the full moon in the sky to the size of your thumb, you'll notice the width of the full moon compared to the size of your thumb; you can put four full moons across the width of your thumb". The moon will be 16 percent more luminous and 7 percent bigger than it normally appears, National Geographic revealed.

If you're using a DSLR, NASA's senior photographer Bill Ingalls recommends that you use the daylight white balance to adjust for the sunlight being reflected off the moon.

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.

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