Say goodbye to 2017 with the best – and last – supermoon of the year

Here's when to see the supermoon at its brightest.
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It's hard to believe 2017 is already almost over. Remember how everyone said 2016 sucked and this year was going to be different

Smack dab in the middle of the holiday season with less than a couple months to go, this can be a difficult time of year for many people. WebMD says some of us slip into a depression as we reflect on all the things we wanted to accomplish this year, but didn't.

While it may be too late to change any outcomes of 2017, there's still a beacon of light on the calendar.

On Dec. 3, the "Full Cold Moon" will rise. It'll be the best – and last – supermoon of 2017, and appearing brighter and larger than any moon this year, the Old Farmer's Almanac says.

(Technically this will be the fourth supermoon of the year, National Geographic says, but it’s the only one we’ll have been able to see with the naked eye.)

A supermoon happens when perigree - the closest point to Earth in the moon’s orbit - coincides with a full moon, explains. This makes the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. 

And what better way to close the door on this year than by taking in this phenomenon? A gorgeous display of natural beauty can help recharge your batteries and make you feel optimistic about the future. 

And if that doesn't work, at least you can use the supermoon as an excuse to act crazy or have a good cry. 

When to watch it

The moon will be closest to Earth around 3 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, coming within 222,443 miles of our planet, NatGeo says.

But if you don't want to get up that early (or stay up that late), don't worry – the moon will still appear larger than normal when it's close to Earth's horizon at sunset on Dec. 3 and sunrise on Dec. 4.

If it's cloudy or you can't make it outside to see it in person, the Virtual Telescope Project will share a video feed.

And if you miss it, the next two full moon cycles – Jan. 2 and 31 – will also be supermoons.

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