The December 2017 supermoon

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

A supermoon is a new or full moon that appears bigger to the human eye because it is the closest to the Earth during its orbit.

While Mumbaikars did get to see a brighter moon than usual, the cloudy sky meant they weren't able to enjoy the sight to the fullest.

In the Philippines, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the moon reached its perigee at 04:43 p.m. but it reached the full moon phase almost 12 midnight.

There's one more interesting little fact about this super moon.


In general the supermoon will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than the average moon.

The supermoon phenomenon occurs when the moon reaches its closest point to the Earth.

A supermoon rises in front of a replica of the Statue of Liberty sitting atop the Liberty Building in downtown Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

NASA has announced that people who missed the December 3 supermoon shouldn't be disappointed, as the phenomenon will repeat itself on January 1 and January 31.

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