'Super Moon' spotted in UAE skies

This supermoon features the first of three full moon supermoons in succession, the first in 2017

20:27 December 3, 2017
Super Moo
Super Moo

Dubai: Stargazers in the UAE were in for a treat on Sunday night as they caught a glimpse of the "supermoon", a phenomenon that occurs when the Moon appears bigger and brighter in the sky as it moves closer to Earth.

Also called a Cold Moon, Moon Before Yule, or Long Night Moon, this is the first and only super moon of the year.

Super Moo

What is a supermoon?

The astrologer Richard Nolle, who is credited with coining the term, defines a super moon as a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 per cent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit.

Basically, the moon will look the largest and closest you might have ever seen it. This happens because the moon's orbit around the earth is elliptical, having both nearest and farthest points of orbit distance from the earth.

When is this happening?

December 3 has been pegged as the day the supermoon will rise, when the moon gets as close as it could to the earth in its orbit. It comes close enough to Earth (222,443 miles or 357,987 km) to enjoy super moon status.