First and only supermoon of 2017 visible across the world Sunday night

First and only supermoon of 2017 visible across the world Sunday night

First and only supermoon of 2017 visible across the world Sunday night

The moon was full at 3.47pm yesterday, at this point it was 222,761 miles from Earth - closer than the average distance of 238,900 miles.

The moon is not actually that much closer to the earth, it is just our brain that interpret it as a lot closer.

PAGASA added that the supermoon can appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. 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. NASA has calculated that this will be the first of three supermoons in a row, with the next two coming on January 1 and January 31, 2018.

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Two more will be visible in January. The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight, giving it a reddish hue. That's because it's the last full moon of the year. December's Full Moon is traditionally known as the "cold moon".

Past year the moon made its closest approach to the Earth since 1948, and it won't be this close again until November 25, 2034.

When the moon is closer to the earth, there are higher tide levels due to the moon's gravitational pull on our water.

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