Wonderful supermoon photos captured from around the world

Wonderful supermoon photos captured from around the world

Kerry Wise
December 6, 2017

The supermoon is seen in the sky while a farmer walks with cows in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

In essence, these lunar occurrences are just full moons, but what really sets them apart is the sheer size that they appear to be for us spectators on earth.

Since the Moon's orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) is about 50,000 km farther from the Earth than the other (perigee).

NASA has called Sunday night's appearance the first in a "supermoon trilogy", that will take place over the next two months.

Did you see the supermoon? The next two will occur on January 1 and January 31, 2018.

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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. The moon will appear larger, up to 14 percent, and brighter than usual. Because the orbit of the Monday is elliptical, one side known as apogee is about 50,000 km away from the Earth than the other called perigee.

Photo / Merv Ellis Image 8 of 11: Supermoon rise over Auckland's North Shore. Icerink opened for skating at full moon.

If you think you'll still be around, mark this on your calendar: The closest supermoon of the century will occur on December 6, 2052.

But the moon will still be big and full in the coming days, if the pictures are making you regret having missed it, or you want to relive the sight.