Supermoon 2017: How to see it in Chicago Sunday

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He says the moon's path around the Earth is oval-shaped, or elliptical.

The only supermoon of 2017 is rising on December 3rd. Most astronomers suggest watching the supermoon right after sunset and into moonrise, and minutes before the next sunrise as well. But for those who can't wake up that early, the moon will still look bigger and brighter throughout the night. According to Nadia Drake for National Geographic, while the moon seems to grow smaller and closer as it rises higher into the sky, it's actually not changing size, nor is it any closer to Earth than it was during its rise.

"Don't make the mistake of photographing the moon by itself with no reference to anything", said NASA Senior Contract Photographer Bill Ingalls "Instead, think of how to make the image creative-that means tying it into some land-based object". From my old view, when the moon was high in the sky outside of my window, it appeared that it was close enough that I could throw a lasso around it and pull it right into my apartment. "The difference in distance between these close and far points can be as much as about 30,000 miles".

A "supermoon" takes its name from the especially large appearance of the moon, which happens when a full moon happens at the same time when the moon reaches its perigee, the point in its orbit when closest to Earth.

The last supermoon was back in November 2016, where we saw the biggest moon for a generation.

A supermoon is not all that super. The scientific term is "perigee syzygy".

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

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

This year, this Sunday night, the moon is forecast to shine 16% brighter and appear 7% larger than its usual size.

The supermoon can be viewed with the naked eye between the moonrise time over the eastern horizon and the moonset time in the western horizon. This is known as the moon illusion and the moon hasn't grown; it's a trick your eyes are playing on you. Jackson and the Physics Department at Boise State will have telescopes up Friday to let you get a closer look at the moon.

Bill Ingalls, a NASA photographer, says that those capturing the event through their smartphones have to focus on the correct light balance.

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