Monday, 11 December, 2017

Specatular super moon lights up night sky for star gazers

The moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen in Naypyitaw Myanmar Sunday Dec. 3 2017. The Dec. 3 full moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons. The two will occur on Jan. 1 and Jan. 31 2018 Watch: Glorious supermoon rises over Auckland
Howard Terry | 06 December, 2017, 00:28

The moon's orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the earth. The two will occur on January 1 and January 31, 2018.

Although the supermoon of December already occurred on Sunday, yet the moon will appear larger as it is closer to Earth and will seem "super" till it sets again. You obviously can't tell from just watching it, but the moon orbits the Earth in a slightly oval-shaped path.

Dr Griffin said that early risers today could catch the moon starting to go out of sight about 7.10am, between the west and southwest.

The final supermoon of 2017 was visible from Earth this weekend.

But if you can't wait until the next lunar event, scroll through to see some incredible photos of the 2017 supermoon. That's when we see two full moons in one calendar month.

The supermoon rises over Auckland's North Shore tonight.

If you missed Sunday's Full Moon treat, take heart, it was the first of a trilogy of supermoons!

The January 31 supermoon will also be the second Full Moon of the month, often referred to as the "Blue Moon", which happen every two and a half years, on average. December's full moon was called Frost Moon, Moon Before Yule or Long Night Moon.

This optical illusion also occurs when watching the supermoon immediately after sunset (or before sunrise).

EarthSky notes this January super blue moon "will pass right through the Earth's shadow", making for a super blue moon eclipse!

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