First (and last) supermoon of 2017 is coming

The Cold Moon will appear bigger and brighter than usual

You'll have another chance to see a supermoon on January 1, which marks the brightest full moon of 2018.

By some measures, Sunday night's full moon is the only supermoon of 2017.

And this will be a particularly bright supermoon for the United States, thanks to the more intense sunlight that reflects off the moon in winter, NASA said. The moon will not come this close to the earth again until 2034. When this happened previous year, the moon appeared up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal.

A bright treat will greet skygazers Sunday night.

To see the moon at its most vivid, it's best to catch a glimpse just after sun down. This is because the previous two were around the time of a new moon, which isn't visible in the sky.

December's full moon is known as the Cold Moon or Frost Moon in the northern hemisphere.

And while it may appear super, the term "supermoon" is not the official term for the astronomical phenomenon.

The final supermoon of 2017 will be visible in the night sky this weekend.

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.

If you don't think you'll want to leave the comfort of your own home to view the celestial event, there will be two livestreams of the supermoon.

"We're seeing all of the Earth's sunrises and sunsets at that moment reflected from the surface of the Moon", says Sarah Noble, a Program Scientist at NASA headquarters.

Considering that a full moon can be covered with a fingernail, even a 7% larger moon may not look that much bigger.

This year's supermoon will be visible Sunday evening and will reach its peak around 2:45 a.m. (CST) Monday morning. "But it's another great chance to watch the Moon".

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