Here’s everything you need to know about this week’s supermoon

Mark December 4 in your calendar because you’ll have a chance to see something very special in the sky that night – supermoon.

A ‘supermoon’ is a popular term for the lunar event which coincides with a new full moon and the moon making a closer-than-usual approach to Earth. Basically, because the moon orbits earth in more of an oval than a circle it means that sometimes it is much closer to Earth than normal – combine that with a full moon and you have yourself a big, beautiful ‘supermoon’.

This won’t be the first supermoon of the year, but it is the only one we’ve been able to observe with the naked eye – this is because each other time the moon has been close, it’s been during a ‘new moon’ or when the moon is basically blacked out.

Got a smart phone? You can hand hold it over a telescope eyepiece and be careful aiming – youmight get you a few nice moon shots for Instagram.

The best time to enjoy a Super Full Moon is at moonrise, a little after 8pm on the east coast of Australia on December 4.

Fun supermoon facts:

  • The Supermoon on November 14, 2016, was the closest since January 26, 1948. 
  • The point on the Moon's orbit closest to Earth is called the perigee and the point farthest away is the apogee.
  • A Micromoon is a full moon or new moon that takes place when the center of the Moon is further than 405,000 kms from the center of Earth.
  • Although the Sun and the Moon’s alignment cause a small increase in tectonic activity, the effects of the Supermoon on Earth are minor and they definitely aren’t linked with mood changes in people.

Remember to share your amazing Supermoon photos with us!