First and only supermoon of 2017 visible across the world Sunday night

Pablo Tucker
December 4, 2017

NASA photographer Bill Ingalls captured photos from Washington, D.C.

For those who don't know, a supermoon is when the moon has reached the full moon or new moon stage of its lunar cycle while simultaneously being at the closest distance from the Earth during its orbit.

PAGASA added that the supermoon can appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.


If you missed the spectacular supermoon on Sunday, December 3 you will not have to wait long for a second instalment in the natural phenomenon as the next supermoon will happen on January 1, 2018.

Astronomers say the best time to catch a glimpse of a supermoon is either right after sunset or minutes before the next sunrise.

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


The moon rises over Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, after President Donald Trump returned from NY where he attended a trio of fundraisers.

OK, supermoons are definitely cool, but what the heck are they again, exactly?

Yesterday's full moon was 222,761 miles from Earth, closer than the average of 238,900 miles. That's because it's the last full moon of the year. That's because it was a "super moon".


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