Supermoon creates spectacular views around the world

The next two supermoons will take place on Jan.1 and Jan. 31.

ByTiffany Hagler-Geard
December 4, 2017, 11:19 AM

— -- The only "supermoon" of 2017 lit up the sky last night.

A supermoon occurs when a full moon, or new moon, is at its closest to Earth, making it look bigger and brighter to the naked eye.

PHOTO: The moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Dec. 3, 2017.
The moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Dec. 3, 2017.
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PHOTO: An airplane crosses in front of the moon, a supermoon, in Avondale Estates, Georgia, Dec.3, 2017.
An airplane crosses in front of the moon, a supermoon, in Avondale Estates, Georgia, Dec.3, 2017.
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The term supermoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, which he defined as "a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 percent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (Perigee). In short, Earth, moon and sun are all in a line, with moon in its nearest approach to Earth."

PHOTO: A 'supermoon' rises behind the US Capitol and the Jefferson Memorial, in Washington, DC, viewed from Arlington, Virginia, Dec. 3, 2017.
A 'supermoon' rises behind the US Capitol and the Jefferson Memorial, in Washington, DC, viewed from Arlington, Virginia, Dec. 3, 2017.
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The moon can appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual during the phenomenon.

PHOTO: Seen from Downing Street, the moon rises behind the London Eye, Dec. 01, 2017 in London.
Seen from Downing Street, the moon rises behind the London Eye, Dec. 01, 2017 in London.
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There will also be supermoons on Jan. 1, 2018, and Jan. 31, 2018. The supermoon on Jan. 31 will be called a blue moon since it is the second full moon in the same month.

NASA has named this the Supermoon Trilogy because three supermoons are taking place in a matter of weeks.

PHOTO: The Supermoon rises above Whitby Abbey in Whitby, north east England, Sunday Dec. 3, 2017.
The Supermoon rises above Whitby Abbey in Whitby, north east England, Dec. 3, 2017.
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PHOTO: A supermoon rises in front of a replica of the Statue of Liberty sitting atop the Liberty Building in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 3, 2017.
A supermoon rises in front of a replica of the Statue of Liberty sitting atop the Liberty Building in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., Dec. 3, 2017.
Julio Cortez/AP
PHOTO: The supermoon sets over the church of Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion at dawn in Olvera, near Cadiz, southern Spain Dec. 4, 2017.
The supermoon sets over the church of Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion at dawn in Olvera, near Cadiz, southern Spain Dec. 4, 2017.
Jon Nazca/Reuters

For more fun facts on the moon you can visit NASA's website.

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