December supermoon dazzles in morning sky

Super moon up close in Oakland. Ctsy Michelle Fontaine

Super moon up close in Oakland. Ctsy Michelle Fontaine

The Full Moon on Sunday night marked the first and only supermoon of 2017.

A supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the closest distance that the moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit, resulting in a larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.

New York City-based astrophotographer Gowrishakhar ("Gowri") Lakshminarayanan captured both these images of the supermoon on December 3, 2017, and a regular full moon in July, then created this infographic to compare the difference in size side by side.

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But stargazers won't have to wait long for the next supermoon, which is Tuesday, Jan. 2. But for most skywatchers, the supermoon probably looked about the same as any other full moon. That often causes the moon to shine with a reddish hue, in what's known as a 'blood moon'. The Moon's orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the Earth. A "super blue moon eclipse" might seem like the unicorn of astronomical events but we last experienced one in September of 2015. Those supermoons tend to occur when the moon is at its closest, often two or three months in a row.

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.

The moon's orbit around the Earth is elliptical.

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Considering the moon is always more than 225,744 miles away, it's not a major change.

"It's the first time I've seen a supermoon - it was so thrilling".

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