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December supermoon dazzles in the night sky

December supermoon dazzles in the night sky

SUPERMOON lit up the Earth's sky on Sunday, December 3, 2017. It appeared about seven per cent larger and 15 per cent brighter.

This weekend's sighting is the first of a "supermoon trilogy", with the phenomenon recurring January 1 and January 31 of the new year, according to NASA. Pictures show the moon hanging over some of the world's most famous places and sights, looking nearly worryingly close to the Earth.

'In fact, the change in the moon's apparent size throughout its orbit is imperceptible to the unaided eye. That means it sometimes swings closer to the Earth than usual - and if that happens to coincide with a full moon, it can produce a huge, bright, white, glowing show.

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With the moon being as close to Earth as it is, there is a significant impact on the tides. The supermoon of December 3, 2017, was the first of the trilogy of supermoons that is scheduled to appear. The next supermoon will appear next month, not once but twice. In scientific circles, this is called the perigee. The relevant term is "perigee-syzygy" and three "perigee-syzygy" has occurred in 2017. This weekend will feature the biggest, brightest full moon of the year, and catching it should be pretty easy for just about everyone. This is because the previous two were around the time of a new moon, which isn't visible in the sky.

Photo / Merv Ellis Image 8 of 11: Supermoon rise over Auckland's North Shore. 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. That often causes the moon to shine with a reddish hue, in what's known as a 'blood moon'.

See you in January, Supermoon! The moon's orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the earth.

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

Considering that a full moon can be covered with a fingernail, even a 7 percent larger moon may not look that much bigger.

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