Super "Frost" moon this weekend

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Super "Frost" moon this weekend

December's supermoon can best be seen Saturday night.

According to www.nasa.gov, "A supermoon is a moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth".

Supermoons occur when a full moon reaches an orbit where it is the closest to the earth, making the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

A Blue Moon refers to the second full moon in a calendar month - which is rare, since full moons occur every 29.5 days, according to NASA.

It will shine up to 30 per cent brighter, not only because it's close to Earth, but also because Earth will be nearing its closest to the sun in early January. The moon's orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the 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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The moon will be roughly 10,000 miles closer to Earth on Sunday evening, creating our first and only Supermoon of the year.

Though this will be the fourth supermoon of 2017, the previous three were not visible because they coincided with new moons.

While this supermoon is 2017's one and only, 2018 will start with two in succession.

The bigger question is whether we'll be able to see the supermoon in Seattle.

A Blue Moon can be a supermoon, just like any other full moon. You also can catch the supermoon online at a free webcast from the Virtual Telescope Project starting at 16:00 UT on December 3.

If you're clouded out on Sunday, you can still get into the supermoon spirit on Sunday with streaming video from the Virtual Telescope Project or the Slooh online observatory.

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