Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Check out these brilliant photos of the December supermoon

Check out these brilliant photos of the December supermoon

Awesome photos of supermoon dazzling in the sky have been by photgraphers from around the world.

This weekend's sighting is the first of a "supermoon trilogy", with the phenomenon recurring January 1 and January 31 of the new year, according to NASA.

"The moon's orbit is not a ideal circle. The difference in distance between these close and far points can be as much as about 30,000 miles". You obviously can't tell from just watching it, but the moon orbits the Earth in a slightly oval-shaped path.

The Supermoon rises above Whitby Abbey in Whitby, north east England, Sunday Dec. 3, 2017. The relevant term is "perigee-syzygy" and three "perigee-syzygy" has occurred in 2017. Supermoon around the worldA supermoon means the full moon looks bigger and brighter than normal. That's when we see two full moons in one calendar month.

Washingtonians had to wait all year for a supermoon to come to town.

Did you see the supermoon?

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

The first-ever glimpse of the Supermoon trilogy has already started and the next two supermoons will occur in the same months and will actually be a "blue" supermoon. The moon appears the biggest and brightest right around sunrise and sunset because of a "moon illusion" effect, when it's near the horizon and you're able to compare the moon to other objects for scale. This is also why both times are the best for watching the supermoon. The Dec. 3 full moon will be the first of three consecutive supermoons.

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