The best of the brilliant supermoon over Kamloops last night

Viewers Snap Breathtaking Supermoon Pictures From Around the ...

As the first and only supermoon of 2017 rose high into the sky this Sunday (Dec. 3), astrophotographers seized the opportunity to shoot the moon in all its bigger-than-usual glory.

The moon was last night at its closest to Earth during its elliptical orbit, and was expected to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal.

The largest, brightest supermoon in 70 years is lighting up New Zealand's skies tonight.

If you missed Sunday's Full Moon treat, take heart, it was the first of a trilogy of supermoons! About twice each year, a full Moon lines up perfectly with the Earth and Sun such that Earth's shadow totally blocks the Sun's light, which would normally reflect off the Moon.




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). Totally eclipsed Moons are for this reason called "blood Moons".

We'll also see two blue moons in 2018. The supermoon will reappear on the celestial stage on January 1 and 31, 2018, NASA said. So most full moons occur at a point on the moon's orbit anywhere but perigee. Zimmer stood miles away on the other side of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida, to capture this impressive view of the supermoon.

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