Dazzling Supermoon of 2017 Wows Stargazers

Dazzling Supermoon of 2017 Wows Stargazers

Dazzling Supermoon of 2017 Wows Stargazers

Nasa research scientists said that supermoons were "a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon".

A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the point in orbit in which the moon is closest to Earth.

Stargazers got a chance to witness the first and only "Super Moon" of this year this weekend.

EarthSky notes this January super blue moon "will pass right through the Earth's shadow", making for a super blue moon eclipse!

As millions turned out Sunday to catch a glimpse of 2017's only supermoon, according to the IndyStar, one famous astrophysicist wasn't having any of it. Zimmer stood miles away on the other side of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida, to capture this impressive view of the supermoon.

At 3.47pm - the exact moment of full moon - it was 222,761 miles from Earth, closer than the average distance of 238,900 miles. Kumar photographed the supermoon near Boulder, Colorado.

Supermoons are set to occur twice in January, on the 2nd and 31st. Even more so if it's a supermoon.

While the moon is always a attractive sight in the sky, occasionally skywatchers are treated to a special "supermoon".

"It's the first time I've seen a supermoon - it was so thrilling".

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