Supermoon will be visible for the only time in 2017


For the first and only time in 2017, a visible supermoon will illuminate the sky starting Sunday night.

The supermoon will seem 7 percent bigger and 16 percent brighter to the naked eye, wrote Gordon Johnston, a program executive with NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft system. The moon will appear largest overnight after 12:45 a.m. ET, but those who might not be up to view it overnight can also take a look from sunset Sunday until sunrise Monday.

This lunar event looks like it’ll take a backseat compared to more hyped-up lunar events that occurred in the last year, like the supermoon in November 2016 and the total solar eclipse in August. Unlike the eclipse, however, this lunar event is safe to view with the naked eye and doesn’t require special glasses or eye protection.

Last year’s supermoon was the closest the moon has gotten to Earth’s orbit since 1948, NASA says, and it won’t get that close again until 2034.




Image: The moon

The moon rises Sunday behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda, as seen from Naypyitaw, Myanmar.