Supermoon tonight

If you have clear skies and feel inclined keep an eye out for the moon rise tonight. It should be close to the brightest the moon has been in seventy years.

The moon was actually full this morning but will be close to it again tonight, and as it is near it’s closest to Earth, and Earth is closer than usual to the sun, it should be about the biggest and brightest in many people’s lifetimes.

Moonrise tonight:

  • Gisborne 8:45 pm (sunset 8:19 pm)
  • Auckland 8:54 pm (sunset 8:27 pm)
  • Wellington 9:05 pm (sunset 8:40 pm)
  • Christchurch 9:20 pm (sunset 8:56 pm)
  • Dunedin 9:37 pm (sunset 9:13 pm)
  • Invercargill 9:47 pm (sunset 9:24 pm)

Because of our late sunset, especially in the south, the brightness of the moon may not be apparent until well after 10 pm due to twilight.

Supermoons happen when a full moon approximately coincides with the moon’s perigee, or a point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth. This makes the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. The moon becomes totally full at 10:47 a.m. EST (1547 GMT) on Sunday (Dec. 3). It will officially reach perigee less than 24 hours later on Monday (Dec. 4) at 3:45 a.m. EST (0845 GMT), when it is 222,135 miles (357,492 kilometers) away from Earth.

If you miss tonight you get another two chances, in early January and again in late January.


  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  December 4, 2017

    I should have a good view. Thank you for the reminder.

  2. Corky

     /  December 4, 2017

    Great time for fertilising plants. Plants absorb most nutrients around full moon time.
    Hell, I’ve put every known fertiliser on my plants. And a few not well known.

  3. wackAmole

     /  December 4, 2017

    10.19 pm here in Auckland, balmy 21C, clear sky, the moon is blazing NE at altitude of only 13 degrees, but looks plenty high enough in sky, reflecting in the Waitemata Harbour.

  4. wackAmole

     /  December 4, 2017

    Apparently early next year there will be a Super Blue Blood Moon!:

    ” If you didn’t get to see the moon tonight, don’t fret – there will be two more supermoons early next year, on January 2 and 31.

    The third supermoon has skygazers excited – as the second full moon in a calendar month it will become a “blue moon”, and it will coincide with a lunar eclipse, making it a “blood moon”. Nasa has named the event the “Supermoon trilogy”.”

    Great excuse for a Full Moon Rave Party!: