See how the only supermoon of 2017 lit up Southeast Asia


Pictured here by Phil Wilkinson over Thirlestane Castle at Lauder, it appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual due to its proximity to Earth over the weekend.

The phenomenon of a supermoon takes place when the full moon reaches its nearest point to Earth, referred to as perigee moon. The moon will be closer to Earth than it typically is, and will appear roughly 7 percent larger and 16 percent brighter than it typically is.

Yesterday's full moon was 222,761 miles from Earth, closer than the average of 238,900 miles.

The moon vacillates between 363,000 and 406,000 km in distance from earth.

Mr Kerss said: 'During moonrise and moonset, you might think the moon looks unusually large, but this is an illusion created in the mind when it appears close to the horizon. However, it's a fantastic opportunity for photographing the moon, and if you're planning on doing so, using a tripod or some other stable mount for your camera will give you the best shot at a clear photo. Sunday night's supermoon was the one and only supermoon of 2017.

The time between perigees (an anomalistic month, about 27.555 days) does not align very well with the time between full moons (a synodic month, about 29.531 days). Photo / Getty Images Image 6 of 11: The Highlands Ranch iconic windmill is illuminated by the first (and last) "supermoon" of 2017 on December 3, 2017 in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

The supermoon rises over Auckland's North Shore tonight.

The final supermoon of 2018 will occur just a few weeks later, on January 31, with extra superlatives.

With the total eclipse, it will be a royal spectacle indeed, a "super blue blood" Moon, NASA said.