Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

December supermoon dazzles in the night sky

December supermoon dazzles in the night sky

The supermoon lit up night skies around the world on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, drawing awe from many spectators.

We have collected the best images of 2017's first and last supermoon appearing 14% and 30% brighter from earth than it normally does.

The fine weather around New Zealand allowed many people to see last night's supermoon rise around 9pm. 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. About twice each year, a full Moon lines up perfectly with the Earth and Sun such that Earth's shadow totally blocks the Sun's light, which would normally reflect off the Moon. Those supermoons tend to occur when the moon is at its closest, often two or three months in a row.

With the total eclipse, it will be a royal spectacle indeed, a "super blue blood" Moon, NASA said.

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This was the first and only full super moon of the year. The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but there is no evidence of such a link.

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. 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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