Supermoon lights up the sky

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The only visible supermoon of 2017 lit the night sky on Sunday and produced some dazzling photo opportunities.

This isn't the first time the astrophysicist has pointed out its apparent insignificance; he tweeted in 2015, "Resist the Hype: The size of today's "Super" moon is to next month's full moon as a 16.07 inch pizza is to a 16.00 inch pizza". 22News videographer Don Sutherland captured this video Monday morning.

The next super moon will be on January 1, 2018. That often causes the moon to shine with a reddish hue, in what's known as a 'blood moon'.

The biggest and brightest supermoon in 70 years illuminated the night sky across New Zealand last night.

A supermoon is seen through Christmas decorations at the corner of Market Street and Third Street Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017 in downtown Chattanooga, Tenn. The next two will occur on January 1, 2018, and January 31.

A commerical jet flies in front of the moon on its approach to Heathrow airport
Watch: Glorious supermoon rises over Auckland

The Dec. 3. supermoon will become completely full at 7:47 a.m. PST, according to.

Whether it is was the prospect of standing outside in the cold weather, cloud cover, or your bad memory that meant you missed last night's supermoon then fear not.

The term supermoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, which he defined as "a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near (within 90 percent of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (Perigee)". It appeared approximately 14 percent bigger than when it's at its furthest away from us.

The supermoon sets behind the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge in this photo by astrophotographer Kwong Liew.

The moon's orbit around the Earth is elliptical.

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