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Dazzling Supermoon of 2017 Wows Stargazers

05 December 2017, 02:17 | Gina Pena

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The moon will be closer to Earth than it typically is, and will appear roughly 7 percent larger and 16 percent brighter than it typically is.

But stargazers won't have to wait long for the next supermoon, which is Tuesday, Jan. 2.

December's Full Moon is traditionally known as the "cold moon".

This weekend the moon was at its closest point to the Earth or at perigee. The Dec. 3 full moon will be the first of three consecutive supermoons.

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The moon's distance from Earth ranges from 222,000 and 252,000 miles because its orbit is elliptical.

There are interesting skywatching events every year, but 2017 has been particularly generous, with the eclipse drawing millions to peer skyward and plenty of cool moon action as well, but it's still not done.

Arvind Paranjpye, director of Nehru Planetarium said, "The moon was supposed to start rising at 6.58 pm yesterday, but was covered in passing clouds so we couldn't see much". Pictures show the moon hanging over some of the world's most famous places and sights, looking nearly worryingly close to the 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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