2017's one and only supermoon soars over Washington

2017's one and only supermoon soars over Washington

The supermoon lit up the night skies across Southern California. December's full moon appears bigger and brighter in the sky as it sits closer than average to Earth. "Nearby perigee full moons appear about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than full moons that occur near apogee in the moon's orbit". The supermoon on January 31 will be called a blue moon since it is the second full moon in the same month. That means it sometimes swings closer to the Earth than usual - and if that happens to coincide with a full moon, it can produce a huge, bright, white, glowing show. Totally eclipsed Moons are for this reason called "blood Moons". Pictures show the moon hanging over some of the world's most famous places and sights, looking nearly worryingly close to the Earth. The supermoon will reappear on the celestial stage on January 1 and 31, 2018, NASA said.

It said they normally peaked one or two days after a new moon or full moon.

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Astronomers say the best time to catch a glimpse of it is either right after sunset, or minutes before the next sunrise. "In short, Earth, moon and sun are all in a line, with moon in its nearest approach to Earth". 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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