Check out these brilliant photos of the December supermoon

05 December, 2017, 02:18 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
  • The moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen in Naypyitaw Myanmar Sunday Dec. 3 2017. The Dec. 3 full moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons. The two will occur on Jan. 1 and Jan. 31 2018

On Sunday, the only visible Supermoon of 2017 cozied up to the Earth, appearing bigger and brighter than usual in the night sky. 22News videographer Don Sutherland captured this video Monday morning. The two will occur on January 1 and January 31, 2018.

The time between perigees (an anomalistic month, about 27.555 days) does not align very well with the time between full moons (a synodic month, about 29.531 days). Icerink opened for skating at full moon. Supermoons can appear up to 14 percent larger in the sky than the average full moon, with the lunar surface reflecting up to 30 percent more sunlight.

We'll see supermoons on December 3, January 1 and January 31.

We'll also see two blue moons in 2018.

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"The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have!" said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre.

With the moon approaching perigee, night sky photographers set out to shoot the big, glowing satellite this weekend.

Considering the moon is always more than 225,744 miles away, it's not a major change.

As is the case with all celestial events, there are a few things you'll need to hope for if you want to catch this year's supermoon.

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