December supermoon dazzles in the night sky

Monday, 04 Dec, 2017

The third supermoon has skygazers excited - as the second full moon in a calendar month it will become a "blue moon", and it will coincide with a lunar eclipse, making it a "blood moon".

The moon's slightly elliptical orbit means that at some points it is about 5 per cent closer to Earth than average, known as perigee, and at others it is 5 per cent further away, known as apogee.

Clear skies across most of the country made for great viewing conditions, with many would-be astronomers climbing Auckland's volcanos to get the flawless shot as the moon rose over the horizon just before 9pm.

Even closer than Sunday night's supermoon was the one that occurred on November 14, 2016, and that was the closest supermoon since January 26, 1948, and will not be surpassed until November 25, 2034.

The moon rises over Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Md., Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, after President Donald Trump returned from NY where he attended a trio of fundraisers.

Yesterday was the last supermoon of 2017.

The moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on December 3, 2017.

The Supermoon rises above Whitby Abbey in Whitby, north east England on December 3, 2017.