December supermoon dazzles in morning sky

Dec 05, 2017, 01:13
December supermoon dazzles in morning sky

This weekend, a remarkable supermoon lit up the sky and made for some pretty unbelievable photos for those lucky enough to see it. The supermoons "appear about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than full moons". 22News videographer Don Sutherland captured this video Monday morning.

There will also be supermoons on January 1, 2018, and January 31, 2018.

The third supermoon has skygazers excited - as the second full moon in a calendar month it will become a "blue moon", and it will coincide with a lunar eclipse, making it a "blood moon".

The Supermoon rises above Whitby Abbey in Whitby, north east England, Sunday Dec. 3, 2017.

Supermoon 2017 News: Brightest and Biggest Full Moon of the Year Appeared Sunday Night

December's Full Moon is traditionally known as the "cold moon". Sunday's moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons. This non-circular orbit means that the moon ends up coming a bit closer to Earth at certain times of the year.

A year ago the moon made its closest approach to the Earth since 1948, and it won't be this close again until November 25, 2034.

Dr Griffin said the big, bright moon was "astonishingly handsome as it disappeared behind the hills of my home town as dawn brightened the sky".

The next supermoon full moons will be on January 1st and January 31st.