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The Moon, or super moon, rising behind the Soyuz rocket in Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

 

If skies are clear Sunday night December 3rd, look for a super moon, appearing 10 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than usual. Super moons occur when the full moon is at the closest point of its orbit to the Earth.

According to NASA, this super moon is the first of three coming in close sequence, along with a lunar eclipse. The other two super moons occur January 1st and 31st, 2018. The late January super moon will also be a blue moon and takes place during a total lunar eclipse visible from western North America, the Pacific and Eastern Asia. (Blue moon is a term for the second full moon in a single month, something that happens only every 2.5 years.)

To learn more about this trilogy of super moons, watch this NASA video.

 

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Super moon, November 14, 2016. Photo: Tomruen/WikiCommons

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Rebecca Wallick

Rebecca is a freelance writer and publisher living near McCall, Idaho. A Seattle native and recovering attorney, she much prefers the quiet, slow pace, and distinct seasons of the West Central Mountains, enjoying the skiing, hiking and running opportunities provided by the nearby Payette National Forest. Rebecca is a Contributing Editor with Bark magazine, and the author of Growing Up Boeing: The Early Jet Age Through the Eyes of a Test Pilot’s Daughter (Feb 2014).

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