Supermoon To Rise Over Dallas This Weekend

DALLAS, TX — Those looking for free entertainment in Dallas this weekend might be able to find it right in their own back yards. Starting at 5:51 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3, the last Supermoon of 2017 will take its place in the sky above the U.S.

The moon will be most visible during moonrise. Weather permitting, the spectacle will last until 8:07 a.m. Monday.

The last Supermoon of the year is sometimes referred to as the "Cold Moon," but Dallasites need not worry about getting too cold. Sunday’s forecast calls for a high of 75 degrees and a low of 63 degrees. The only weather concern North Texans should have is clouds, as the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies and light rain.

It’s called a Supermoon because of its large appearance in the sky. Because the moon circles Earth in an oblong orbit, it gets closer to the blue planet at certain points in the year — sometimes more than 30,000 miles closer than regular. As a result, the moon will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

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Associated Press file photo — The super moon rises, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, in Ascain, south western France. Monday’s supermoon, a phenomenon that happens when the moon makes a close pass at the earth, is the closest to earth since 1948. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

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