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Supermoon in pictures: See fantastic shots of 2017 lunar spectacle

Supermoon in pictures: See fantastic shots of 2017 lunar spectacle

The supermoon lit up the night skies across Southern California.

While skies were cloudy for most of the night, early morning risers caught a glimpse of the full moon. The supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the moon is closest to the earth. And they weren't disappointed by what they saw.

While it may be hard for casual skywatchers to notice anything unusual about the supermoon, astrophotographers can really make the supermoon shine: Longer telephoto lenses can make the moon appear especially huge against a backdrop.

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

The pull of the full moon mean tides will be both higher and lower than normal this week, leading to some Auckland ferry services being cancelled because water levels will be too low.

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"We're seeing all of the Earth's sunrises and sunsets at that moment reflected from the surface of the Moon", says Sarah Noble, a Program Scientist at NASA headquarters. Pictures show the moon hanging over some of the world's most famous places and sights, looking nearly worryingly close to the Earth.

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.

A supermoon is a Full Moon when it is also at its closest point to the Earth on its orbit.

EarthSky notes this January super blue moon "will pass right through the Earth's shadow", making for a super blue moon eclipse! Zimmer stood miles away on the other side of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida, to capture this impressive view of the supermoon.


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