Check out these brilliant photos of the December supermoon

Dec 05, 2017, 01:10
Check out these brilliant photos of the December supermoon

The supermoon lit up the night skies across Southern California.

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.

In January 2018 there will be two supermoons, the first on January 1 and the second on January 31.

Arvind Paranjpye, director of Nehru Planetarium said, "The moon was supposed to start rising at 6.58 pm yesterday, but was covered in passing clouds so we couldn't see much".

This year's supermoon appeared bold and bright in the sky overnight.

As millions turned out Sunday to catch a glimpse of 2017's only supermoon, according to the IndyStar, one famous astrophysicist wasn't having any of it.

An interesting pattern appears when you map out the motion of the moon relative to the Earth (apogee/perigee) and relative to the Sun (lunation or phases like full, new, etc.).

A moon sets Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, behind Universal's Volcano Bay in Orlando, Fla.

Sunday's moon was the first of three consecutive supermoons.

EarthSky notes this January super blue moon "will pass right through the Earth's shadow", making for a super blue moon eclipse!

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