See the only 2017 appearance of the supermoon

See the only 2017 appearance of the supermoon

See the only 2017 appearance of the supermoon

The supermoon phenomenon occurs when the moon reaches its closest point to the Earth.

Uncommon though they are, two further supermoons will follow on the first and last days of next month.

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. This causes it to appear slightly larger and brighter than normal.

Too busy to for moon viewing on Sunday? A third supermoon on January 31 will be extra special.

A supermoon can only happen if it's a full moon and if the moon is closer to Earth than usual. It was the best supermoon of 2017; although our closest neighbour had passed by just as near earlier this year, the moon wasn't full and so it couldn't properly be seen.

The moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen from Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

With the moon approaching perigee, night sky photographers set out to shoot the big, glowing satellite this weekend.

If you think you'll still be around, mark this on your calendar: The closest supermoon of the century will occur on December 6, 2052.

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.

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