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


The supermoon is seen in the sky while a farmer walks with cows in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. It looked rather XXL in last night's clear skies - so much so that you might have been tempted to say, "That's no moon..." 22News videographer Don Sutherland captured this video Monday morning.

A supermoon happens when a full moon coincides with the moon's perigee - meaning the point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth (the farthest point is known as apogee).

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The next super moon will be on January 1, 2018. When two full moons occur in the same month, the second is sometimes called a blue moon or, in this case, a super blue moon. "In short, Earth, moon and sun are all in a line, with moon in its nearest approach to Earth". It appeared about seven per cent larger and 15 per cent brighter.

But if you can't wait until the next lunar event, scroll through to see some fantastic photos of the 2017 supermoon. Pictures show the moon hanging over some of the world's most famous places and sights, looking nearly worryingly close to the Earth. The next two will occur on January 1, 2018, and January 31.

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"It's the first time I've seen a supermoon - it was so thrilling".

"We're seeing all of the Earth's sunrises and sunsets at that moment reflected from the surface of the Moon", says Sarah Noble, a Program Scientist at NASA headquarters.

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