Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

See how the only supermoon of 2017 lit up Southeast Asia

See how the only supermoon of 2017 lit up Southeast Asia

At this time, the moon also appears both bigger and brighter than it actually is.

A supermoon is a rare type of full moon that occurs because the moon's orbit around the Earth is not a ideal circle.

An optical illusion, known as the "moon illusion", makes the moon appear even larger when it is close to the horizon compared to when it is high in the sky.

Yesterday's full moon was 222,761 miles from Earth, closer than the average of 238,900 miles. It indicated a new moon or full moon that came within 362,146 kilometers of the planet, as measured from the centers of the moon and Earth. This causes it to appear slightly larger and brighter than normal. Stargazers, astronomers and curious sky-watchers get a chance to witness the first and only full moon supermoon of 2017.

Here are photos of the December 3 supermoon rising around the world.

They had very few three-pointers to speak of; in other words, they were the opposite of what the NBA is supposed to be today. In fact, not only do they have deficiencies, but they do not even have the tools or resources to resolve those deficiencies.

Did you see the supermoon?

Jackie Faherty from the American Museum of Natural History in NY says that moonrise (which happens right around sunset during a full moon) is always a good time to glance up at the sky.

The biggest and brightest supermoon in 70 years had Aucklanders in awe. Therefore, the long axis of the moon's elliptical path around the planet points in different directions, indicating that a new or full moon will not always occur at perigee or apogee. Photo / AP Image 10 of 11: An aircraft flies in front of a full moon in Van, Turkey.

The next supermoon full moons will be on January 1st and January 31st.

This was the first and only full super moon of the year.

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