2017's one and only supermoon soars over Washington

2017's one and only supermoon soars over Washington

2017's one and only supermoon soars over Washington

A supermoon is a full moon that is at or near (90 percent of) its closest point in its orbit around Earth (perigee). Since the moon's orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) is about 30,000 miles (50,000 km) farther from Earth than the other (perigee).

The moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Dec. 3, 2017. Even more so if it's a supermoon.

The pull of the full moon mean tides will be both higher and lower than normal this week, leading to some Auckland ferry services being cancelled because water levels will be too low.

Below, see scenes of the beaming supermoon over some of Washington's best-known landmarks and elsewhere from Capital Weather Gang's social networks ... The moon's orbit around our planet is tilted so it usually falls above or below the shadow of the earth.

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Two more will be visible in January. Those supermoons tend to occur when the moon is at its closest, often two or three months in a row.

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

Blue moons aren't that rare.

Arvind Paranjpye, director of Nehru Planetarium said, "The moon was supposed to start rising at 6.58 pm yesterday, but was covered in passing clouds so we couldn't see much". Totally eclipsed Moons are for this reason called "blood Moons".

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