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Supermoon lights up the sky

Supermoon lights up the sky

Supermoons happen when the full moon coincides with the moon's pedigree, or the point its orbit comes closest to the Earth.

Clear skies across most of the country made for great viewing conditions, with many would-be astronomers climbing Auckland's volcanos to get the flawless shot as the moon rose over the horizon just before 9pm.

The Supermoon rises above Whitby Abbey in Whitby, north east England, Sunday Dec. 3, 2017.

Pictured here by Phil Wilkinson over Thirlestane Castle at Lauder, it appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual due to its proximity to Earth over the weekend.

The next time anyone will see a supermoon will be in January 2018 when two will occur in the same month, one on January first and the other on January 31st. The next two will occur on January 1 and January 31, 2018. It appeared about seven per cent larger and 15 per cent brighter.

Jackie Faherty from the American Museum of Natural History in NY says that moonrise (which happens right around sunset during a full moon) is always a good time to glance up at the sky.

A Supermoon is about 40,000 kilometers (~24,855 miles) closer to Earth, on average, than a micromoon, when the moon is at its furthest distance from us.


The biggest and brightest supermoon in 70 years had Aucklanders in awe.

Last night's moon, dubbed the "full cold moon", glowed behind historic national monuments and landmarks all over the world such as London's Shard and the Statue of Liberty in NY. The same is true of mini-moons which are when the full moon occurs at or near lunar apogee.

The next supermoon full moons will be on January 1st and January 31st.

The Dec. 3 full moon was the first of three consecutive super moons.


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