Sunday, December 3, 2017

A Sunday Night Super Moon ... and if we're lucky, we just might be able to sneak a peek!

The First of Three Super Moons over two months will arrive tonight
(photo from NASA website)

A rather rare celestial event is on tap for this evening, with what some sky watchers are calling the only true Super moon of the year arriving at Moonrise this evening.

The bright orb in the sky where we've left some footprints and assorted space automobiles will be 222,443 miles away from earth or 257,987 kilometres for those now steeped in the metric system.

The image of the Moon looming large over the earth has provided for collections of photos and videos upon it's arrival, the twitter feeds, Facebook pages and Instagram posts tracking its travel across the many timezones of the world.

Known as a Perigee Moon, the visual image could appear up to 14 per cent larger  and 30 per cent brighter

Those that may have one to share on the North Coast can share it with all through twitter at the #PrinceRupert forum on the social media site.

Taking part in such events that are weather dependent is always a challenge for North Coast residents, years of lost eclipses, meteorite showers and such make for the list of frustration, though some aware of the impact of the Mountains of the coast line head inland for their chance whenever such events come along.

Tonight, you might just get lucky, the forecast for the early evening is for party cloudy skies for the North Coast, with hopes perhaps for a clearing break or two to view the Super Moon as it transits along its path.  The Midnight hour however will see the window of viewing close down tight, so best to get your viewing in from dinner time on.

NASA gives us all a preview of what is being touted as the Super moon Trilogy

And should you miss it tonight, or the weather Gods intervene ahead of its arrival, you'll have two chances to take a second look in January with Super Moons set to arrive on January 2nd and the 31st of 2018.

The final moon of the trilogy is expected to be extra exciting, with a lunar eclipse arriving with that Super Moon event.

More notes on the Moon viewing ahead consult the NASA website here

The January 31st version will double down on the celestial event, marked by a Blue Moon as well, making the end of January visual presentation from the Sky a Super Blue Moon ...

Some notes on what to watch for and how can be reviewed below:

Grab your phones! Biggest Full Moon this year is hours away
Full Supermoon on December 3
The Only Supermoon of 2017 is Coming. Here's when to view it
The 2017 Supermoon: How to see it and get the best photo
Supermoon 2017: How to Watch (and why)
Supermoon 2017: When and How to See December's 'Full Cold Moon' This weekend
Supermoon: Search Sunday's skies for December's 'moon before yule'
What is Supermoon? Here's how to view the 2017 Phenomenon 
How to See the Brightest Supermoon of 2017

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