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02nd Dec 2017

Tomorrow – We will see the supermoon for the first time in 2017

It has been over a year since we last saw the supermoon.

Denise Curtin

A larger, brighter and bigger moon is set to appear in the sky tomorrow evening.

The supermoon which was last seen on November 14, 2016 is set to re-appear tomorrow evening on December 3.

Supermoon is the term given to the moon when it’s two cycles around the earth match up. The result is that the full “super” moon appears slightly larger and slightly brighter to us in the sky. This is quite a rare sight however and only occurs about one in every 14 full moons.

It is believed that for a moon to be considered a supermoon it must be within 226,000 miles from the earth.

Tomorrow will mark the closest the moon will orbit to the earth all year round and will appear bigger and brighter than usual.

A supermoon is also believed to have an impact on the Earth’s waters. When a full moon is closer to our planet, the tide levels are often higher. And while there is no solid scientific evidence, some astrologists believe that a supermoon was responsible for tsunamis in Japan in 2011 and the Indian Ocean in 2004.

This solar event will take place tomorrow night and it has also been noted that the supermoon will coincide with the lunar eclipse in September 2033 (a date for your diary now) as this only happens a couple of times in a person’s lifetime.