Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Specatular super moon lights up night sky for star gazers

The only supermoon of 2017 shown rising behind Ram Island Ledge Light in Cape Elizabeth Sunday evening reached its perigee at 3:45 a.m. Monday witnessed perhaps by just a few night owls. But there will be two supermoons in January In pictures: Supermoon 2017
Dexter Carr | 06 December, 2017, 00:29

Supermoons do not take place every month because the moon's orbit changes orientation as the Earth rotates around the sun.

The December full moon is also referred to as the "cold moon".

The 1st supermoon which occurred on Sunday was part of a trilogy of supermoons and it will reappear on January 1 and January 31 next year, NASA said. While Sunday night's moon appeared seven percent bigger and 15% brighter than the average full moon, NASA says a supermoon can appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter at its closest proximity to Earth.

The moon was full at 3.47pm yesterday, at this point it was 222,761 miles from Earth - closer than the average distance of 238,900 miles.

With the moon being as close to Earth as it is, there is a significant impact on the tides.

The Supermoon, Dec. 3, 2017.

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Here is a collection of photos from across Southeast Asia that show how photographers chose to document the only supermoon of 2017. This is because the previous two were around the time of a new moon, which isn't visible in the sky.

Last year, the supermoon was spotted over other famous Buffalo landmarks including Shark Girl, the Richardson Olmsted Complex and Buffalo City Hall.

You may have noticed a full moon this weekend but there was something even more special or "super" about it.

Check out these lovely images of the supermoon from different areas of the world. Icerink opened for skating at full moon.

See you in January, Supermoon! The second full moon to occur in a calendar month is known as a blue moon.

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