The best of the brilliant supermoon over Kamloops last night

Nichole Vega
December 5, 2017

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.

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 supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon", said Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

The biggest and brightest supermoon in 70 years illuminated the night sky across New Zealand last night. The next two will occur on January 1 and January 31, 2018. "I wanted to take some really good photographs of the moon, but because of the weather I got an unclear view", said Ratnakar Sawant, an avid photographer.

Supermoons only happen a few times a year at most, because the moon's orbit changes orientation while the Earth orbits the sun. The supermoon on January 31 will be called a blue moon since it is the second full moon in the same month.

Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town South Africa
Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town South AfricaNIC BOTHMA EPA

Do you know at what phase a supermoon occurs?

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

The moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen from Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

Tonight's rising behind downtown Tampa.

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