December supermoon dazzles in the night sky

The nearby perigee Full Moons appear about 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than Full Moons that take place near the apogee in the Moon's orbit.

The supermoon phenomenon occurs when the moon reaches its closest point to the Earth.

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.

You can see the ‘supermoon’ behind Christmas lights in Manila Philippines on 03 December 2017
You can see the ‘supermoon’ behind Christmas lights in Manila Philippines on 03 December 2017

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.

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The moon was brighter and appeared larger than its usual size. However, it's a fantastic opportunity for photographing the moon, and if you're planning on doing so, using a tripod or some other stable mount for your camera will give you the best shot at a clear photo.

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. This is known as the moon illusion and the moon hasn't grown; it's a trick your eyes are playing on you.

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The third supermoon on January 31 will be something even more special, according to NASA.

The Supermoon, or Full Cold Moon, made its first and last appearance of 2017 on Sunday night.

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

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EarthSky notes this January super blue moon "will pass right through the Earth's shadow", making for a super blue moon eclipse!

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