December supermoon dazzles in morning sky

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

With the affect that the Moon already has on the tides around the globe, one can assume a closer Moon would mean a higher tide- and you'd be right.

"The moon's orbit is not a flawless circle".

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.

The supermoon made its spectacular appearance over Britain, giving skygazers a treat as it moves closer to Earth. The Dec. 3 full moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons. The next supermoon will appear next month, not once but twice. The relevant term is "perigee-syzygy" and three "perigee-syzygy" has occurred in 2017. As a result, December's full moon appeared bigger and brighter than usual, as captured in photos.

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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.

Photo / Merv Ellis Image 8 of 11: Supermoon rise over Auckland's North Shore. Fret not as the supermoon will mesmerise you, not just once but twice in January 2018, according to NASA. Icerink opened for skating at full moon.

The third supermoon on January 31 will be something even more special, according to NASA. The moon's orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the earth. This is also why both times are the best for watching the supermoon.

Regular observers of the full moon may notice the difference between a regular full moon and a supermoon, but sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference.

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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