Supermoon lights up the sky

Fullmoons of 2017-18

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A supermoon occurs when a full moon, or new moon, is at its closest to Earth, making it look bigger and brighter to the naked eye.

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).

Even closer than Sunday night's supermoon was the one that occurred on November 14, 2016, and that was the closest supermoon since January 26, 1948, and will not be surpassed until November 25, 2034. At only 7 percent larger, the moon will likely appear pretty normal to most observers. "I wanted to take some really good photographs of the moon, but because of the weather I got an unclear view", said Ratnakar Sawant, an avid photographer.

The final supermoon of 2018 will occur just a few weeks later, on January 31, with extra superlatives.

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

The supermoon rises over Auckland's North Shore tonight.

The supermoon is seen in the sky while a farmer walks with cows in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

The moon rose on Sunday and became totally full at 15.47 GMT, and was still visible this morning.

The supermoon, as it's called, will appear in the night sky on the evening of December 3rd.

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