A few of the very best photos of Sunday's Supermoon

A few of the very best photos of Sunday's Supermoon

A few of the very best photos of Sunday's Supermoon

The supermoon lit up night skies around the world on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, drawing awe from many spectators.

This Supermoon didn't just light up the night skies, it also ignited tempers online, as astrophysicists argued the moon may not have been living up to its "super" name. That supermoon will also be the second full moon of the month, making it a "super blue moon". And they weren't disappointed by what they saw.

Dr Griffin said that early risers today could catch the moon starting to go out of sight about 7.10am, between the west and southwest.

The supermoon has prompted red-alerts by NIWA for king tides this week.

The supermoon that was seen over the weekend is the last of its kind this year.

On January 31, the supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse, and the totality will be viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia.

Watch: Glorious supermoon rises over Auckland
What is a supermoon and why was it visible in the sky last night?

The moon vacillates between 363,000 and 406,000 km in distance from earth.

The full moon in December is actually referred to as the Full Cold Moon, a name that had its origin in the cold December weather of the Northern Hemisphere when the winter cold grips the land and the nights become dark and long. NASA research scientist Noah Petro said.

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). The moon appears to be bigger and brighter due to its orbit around the Earth.

According to Michelle Nichols, director of public observing at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, there is a reason behind the moon's captivating close approach to the Earth.

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

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