December supermoon visible this weekend.

Skygazers are set to be treated to a 'full cold supermoon' this weekend. 

On Sunday evening, the moon will appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, as it is at its closest point to Earth. 

The best time to see the supermoon will be at 08:45 GMT (03:45 EST) on December 4, at which point the moon will be just 222,135 miles (357,492 kilometres) away from Earth.

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Stargazers this weekend will be treated to one of the most stunning astrological displays - a supermoon

Stargazers this weekend will be treated to one of the most stunning astrological displays - a supermoon

HOW TO SEE THE SUPERMOON 

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

The moon will be visible from Earth with the naked eye, just as it always is. 

But although the moon is the biggest and closest it can be to us, don't expect too much.

Lyle Tavernier, an expert at Nasa, said: 'Keep in mind that a 14 per cent increase in the apparent size of something that can be covered with a fingernail on an outstretched arm won't seem significantly bigger.

'Comparing a supermoon with a typical full moon from memory is very difficult.' 

The first supermoon in December has a range of names, including the full cold moon. 

Other names include the 'big spirit moon' or 'blue moon.'

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

As the moon orbits the Earth every month, there is a point in every cycle where the moon is closest (perigee) and a point where it's farthest away (apogee). 

There is also a monthly lunar cycle where you can see varying amounts of the moon depending on it's position relative to Earth and the sun.

For a supermoon to happen, these need to line up - something that will occur this Sunday.  

If the skies are clear then there should be no difficulty spotting the supermoon.

On Sunday evening, the moon will appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, as it is at its closest point to Earth 

On Sunday evening, the moon will appear 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, as it is at its closest point to Earth 

WHAT IS A SUPERMOON?

As the moon orbits the Earth every month, there is a point in every cycle where the moon is closest (perigee) and a point where it's farthest away (apogee). 

There is also a monthly lunar cycle where we can see varying amounts of the moon depending on it's position relative to Earth and the Sun.

For a supermoon to happen,

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