Will the brightest Supermoon of 2017 be visible on Merseyside ?


The brightest supermoon of 2017 will light up the skies over Merseyside tonight.

Known as the ‘cold moon’ as it appears on a cold night in December, it will be the brightest of the year as it appears during a full moon unlike previous appearances.

This means it will provide a spectacular look at our nearest celestial neighbour.

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Will it be visible ?

Tonight is expected to see a mix of some clear spells and cloud, so there is a chance of spotting the supermoon at times through the night, it’ll just be a case of popping your head out the door to see if there’s a break in cloud.

Temperatures are expected to be chilly, but not as cold as recently, however, it will still require wrapping up warm if heading out for long periods of time.

The Met Office say: “After a dry start to the night, cloudy and light outbreaks of rain will gradually move in from the west, bringing partly cloudy skies by dawn”.

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The moon is usually about 238,000 miles away from Earth. But because its orbit isn’t a perfect circle, it sometimes gets much closer.

During December 3rd it will be a mere 222,135 miles away from the Earth and will be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.

It is the last supermoon of 2017. The next is on 2nd January 2018.

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