This weekend: Supermoon. Coming soon: Blue moon

The Cold Moon will appear bigger and brighter than usual

If the moon is a full moon and also if it is at perigee, it will be bigger and brighter and if the full moon is at apogee, it will be smaller and less bright than usual. During a supermoon, the full moon comes to fruition at the same time as a close pass. About twice each year, a full Moon lines up perfectly with the Earth and Sun such that Earth's shadow totally blocks the Sun's light, which would normally reflect off the Moon.

According to Michelle Nichols, director of public observing at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, there is a reason behind the moon's captivating close approach to the Earth.

The people of Ukraine will be able to observe in the night sky the lunar disk, which will appear larger and brighter than usual. This Sunday's supermoon will appear a little boring in comparison, only appearing seven percent larger and 16 percent brighter. The Dec. 3 Full Cold Moon will be 2017's only "supermoon".

Earlier in November previous year, PMD announced sighting of a full moon in the country that was 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the normal full moon because of its closest distance from the earth.

But the astronomer warned that as use of the nickname "supermoon" grows, so do expectations.

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While the moon is undoubtedly both bigger and brighter than usual, our eyes tend to trick us into seeing the moon as larger than it truly is.

An image of the moon taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is shown in two halves to illustrate the difference between the apparent size of a supermoon (left) and a "micromoon" (right). Early forecasts predict evening showers so hopefully the skies will clear up enough to view the Supermoon. Part of it depends on where you're viewing the supermoon.

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

The moon is nearly full Saturday night and will be full Sunday.

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. "But it's another great chance to watch the Moon".

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