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Will the only supermoon of the year be visible this weekend?

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(WLUK) -- Happening this weekend, on the night of Dec. 3, the first and only visible supermoon of 2017 is set to brighten the night sky.

Because of it's close proximity to Earth, December's full moon, often called the Full Cold Moon, will appear nearly 30 percent brighter and up to 14 percent larger than normal.

Sunday morning at 9:46 a.m. CST is when the moon will be completely full and at 2:45 a.m. CST Monday it reaches its perigee, or closest point to Earth. These two things combined to designate it a supermoon.

While the forecast could change before this celestial phenomenon occurs, as it stands now an approaching storm system may block our view Sunday night as clouds roll in and light rain becomes possible after midnight.

If weather hampers our view, don't worry. Dec. 3's supermoon is the first of a trio of supermoons on the way. The next two, the Wolf Moon and the Blue Moon, will both be happening in January.

Happy gazing!

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