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Supermoon in pictures: See awesome shots of 2017 lunar spectacle

Supermoon in pictures: See awesome shots of 2017 lunar spectacle

The December full moon is also referred to as the "cold moon". So most full moons occur at a point on the moon's orbit anywhere but perigee. This means some times the moon is farther away from the Earth and other times it's closer. Even more so if it's a supermoon.

As is the case with all celestial events, there are a few things you'll need to hope for if you want to catch this year's supermoon.

Regular observers of the full moon may notice the difference between a regular full moon and a supermoon, but sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference. The Moon's orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the Earth.

The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth's atmosphere.




Two supermoon full moons are expected in January, on the 1st and again on the 31st, according to NASA.

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".

That night will also feature a lunar eclipse, when the moon, earth and sun all line up.

Blue moons aren't that rare.


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