Supermoon 2017 will be Visible Sunday

The supermoon rising behind the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan Nov. 14 2016

The first (and last) "supermoon" of 2017 is on its way, finally giving eager moonwatchers a chance to catch the rare celestial spectacle up close and personal.

On Sunday night, the most notable object in the sky will not be a bird or a plane, but the 2017 supermoon.

If it's not cloudy, you can see the supermoon on Sunday afternoon and evening in Idaho.

The moon will become totally full at 15:47 GMT (10:47 EST), but will reach its peak brightness and size on Monday morning.

Why? The timing has to be just right.

Observers in Wales will get to see the moon rise over Cardiff around 4.33pm, before it sets at 8.28am the following day. Since the moon's orbit around the Earth is an oval, there are times where the moon is closer (at its closest, it's considered at its "perigee") and when the moon is farther away (at its farthest distance, it is considered at its "apogee"). They appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal.

For more details, check your local moonrise and moonset locations here. This is what planets would look like if they were at the distance of the moon.

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Clear skies will stick around this morning and early afternoon, but more clouds will move back into the area this evening. So Saturday and Sunday will feature more sunshine and comfortable afternoon temperatures for this time of the year.

The next supermoons are on January 2 and January 31, 2018.

Astronaut Edwin Aldrin walks by the footpad of Apollo 11. Because the moon's orbit is not a ideal circle, it's technically anywhere from 252,000 to 226,000 miles away from Earth, typically, according to Newsweek.

Lyle Tavernier, an educational technology specialist at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said: 'Full moons can occur at any point along the Moon's elliptical path, but when a full moon occurs at or near the perigee, it looks slightly larger and brighter than a typical full moon'.

Lyle Tavernier from Nasa's Jet Propulsion Lab said: "The Moon doesn't orbit in a flawless circle". While the full moon rises about once per month, a supermoon can only occur a few times per year maximum. This distance varies from a low of 221,500 miles at perigee (moon closest to the Earth) to a high of 252,700 miles at apogee (Moon farthest from the Earth).

Many assume it's hard to differentiate between a supermoon and a regular full moon.

"That's what the term "supermoon" refers to".

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