Supermoon in pictures: See wonderful shots of 2017 lunar spectacle

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But in 2017, that was visible just once with the December full moon.

The moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen from Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. This non-circular orbit means that the moon ends up coming a bit closer to Earth at certain times of the year. Even more so if it's a supermoon.

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 supermoon on January 31 will feature a total lunar eclipse, with totality viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia.


While it may be hard for casual skywatchers to notice anything unusual about the supermoon, astrophotographers can really make the supermoon shine: Longer telephoto lenses can make the moon appear especially huge against a backdrop.

The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth's atmosphere. The phenomenon of two full moons in one month is commonly referred to as a "blue moon".

The next super moon will be on January 1, 2018.

The very concept of a Super Moon is an embarrassment to everything else we call super: "Supernova, Supercollider, Superman, Super Mario Bros", the popular physicist said Sunday.

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