Super moon 2017: See the year’s biggest, brightest moon tonight
It’s the last full moon of the year, and it will be a good one.
December’s full moon, also called the Cold Moon, will also be a super moon, and the only super moon visible in 2017.
There have been three other super moons this year, but they were new moons.
December’s moon will reach its fullest point near the time it makes its closest approach to Earth in its orbit, called perigee.
The moon will reach its peak fullness on Sunday at 9:46 a.m., but it will appear nearly full both tonight and Sunday night.
Moonrise and sunset times vary by location. For example, the moon will rise today at 4:13 p.m. in Huntsville, 4:16 p.m. in Birmingham and 4:25 p.m. in Mobile.
Sunset tonight will be at 4:35 p.m. in Huntsville, 4:38 p.m. in Birmingham and 4:50 p.m. in Mobile.
Find sunrise and sunset times for your location here.
This full moon may appear brighter than an ordinary full moon, according to the astronomers at EarthSky.org.
December’s full moon is the first of three full moon super moons in a row.
There will actually be two in January, on Jan. 2 and Jan. 31. The second will be a “blue moon,” which is the term used for the second full moon in one month.
That blue moon will also be part of a total lunar eclipse, but those in North America won’t get to see it because it will happen during the daylight hours.
Will the weather cooperate for sky watching tonight? Here’s a look at the National Weather Service’s sky cover forecast for 6 p.m. CST:
While the forecast for tonight doesn’t look great for some in Alabama, there will still be a chance to see the super moon.
More of Alabama will have clearer skies on Sunday night, according to the weather service. The moon will appear full on Sunday night as well.