Check out these brilliant photos of the December supermoon

Bill Rogers
December 5, 2017

It was the first and the last supermoon and full moon of 2017, and it looked lovely over Kamloops last night.

It's hard for our eyes to distinguish these small changes in size when the Moon is high amidst the vastness of the night sky.

The moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen from Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. You nearly feel as though you could reach out, grab the glowing orb, and drop it into your coffee cup.

Did you see the supermoon? It will be extra special.

December's Full Moon is traditionally known as the "cold moon".

Two more will be visible in January.

You can see the ‘supermoon’ behind Christmas lights in Manila Philippines on 03 December 2017
You can see the ‘supermoon’ behind Christmas lights in Manila Philippines on 03 December 2017

The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight, giving it a reddish hue.

That night will also feature a lunar eclipse, when the moon, earth and sun all line up.

The very concept of a Super Moon is an embarrassment to everything else we call super: "Supernova, Supercollider, Superman, Super Mario Bros", the popular physicist said Sunday.

However, 2018 will delight skywatchers with two supermoons, one on January 2nd and another just a few weeks later on January 31st. Sunday's supermoon reached its fullest phase at 10:47 a.m. EST (1547 GMT), but the moon didn't actually reach perigee - the point closest to Earth - until about 17 hours later.

Blue moons aren't that rare.

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