Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

December 3 supermoon first of three; will reappear on January 1, 31

December 3 supermoon first of three; will reappear on January 1, 31

The supermoon phenomenon occurs when the moon reaches its closest point to the Earth.

NASA photographer Bill Ingalls captured photos from Washington, D.C.

Did you see the biggest Moon to appear in the sky above West Sussex this year?

The nearby perigee Full Moons appear about 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than Full Moons that occur near the apogee in the Moon's orbit.

The supermoon yesterday was the third one of 2017, there was also one on January 12 and November 3.


Astronomers say the best time to catch a glimpse of a supermoon is either right after sunset or minutes before the next sunrise.

Sunday's full moon appeared bigger and brighter in the sky.

The moon is not actually that much closer to the earth, it is just our brain that interpret it as a lot closer.

Whether it is was the prospect of standing outside in the cold weather, cloud cover, or your bad memory that meant you missed last night's supermoon then fear not. The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight, giving it a reddish hue.

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