Don't miss this year's first and last supermoon

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Now, the sky will light up at exactly 6.06 pm on Sunday, December 3rd, providing a dazzling display overhead.

A supermoon, of course, is no bigger than the moon at any given time, but the term refers to when a new or full moon coincides with the lunar orbit coming in close proximity to Earth, according to National Geographic.

In November 2016, the moon reached a distance closest to the Earth than ever seen since 1948, producing a supersized supermoon. And while 7 percent bigger and 16 percent brighter than the average full moon may not sound that impressive, compared to a micromoon (when the full moon is at the farther end of its reach), a supermoon appears even more bodacious.

The supermoon may appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. December's perigee will bring the Moon within 221,821 miles to Earth. Because it is the second full moon in one month, that January 31 moon will be known as a blue moon.

Though it will technically be the fourth supermoon of the year, none of the other three were visible as they came in the new moon phase, when the face of the moon shows black.

The moon won't actually change during this event, but it will be a lot closer to earth.

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The moon will be at its brightest above the borough at around 4:47pm.

So when will you be able to see the supermoon?

It's often hard to differentiate a supermoon and a regular full moon.

Do I need special glasses to watch the supermoon?

If you're using a DSLR, NASA's senior photographer Bill Ingalls recommends that you use the daylight white balance to adjust for the sunlight being reflected off the moon. "Still, it's a great excuse to just go out and look at the sky", says Nichols.

To take a picture of the supermoon with a smartphone, tap on the moon on the screen and hold your finger in place to lock the camera's focus. Then do it somewhere else.

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