Specatular super moon lights up night sky for star gazers

The moon rises behind the Uppatasanti Pagoda seen in Naypyitaw Myanmar Sunday Dec. 3 2017. The Dec. 3 full moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons. The two will occur on Jan. 1 and J

December's Full Moon is traditionally known as the "cold moon". Photo / Getty Images Image 11 of 11: The moon rises in its waxing gibbous stage behind a statue atop the Erie County Court Building.

"Nevertheless, the 'moon illusion" can be a dramatic effect, and with the moon rising so early, there will be ample opportunities to see its apparently huge face juxtaposed with the eastern skyline'.

The only "supermoon" of 2017 rose on Sunday night. When two full moons occur in the same month, the second is sometimes called a blue moon or, in this case, a super blue moon.

In this December 2, 2017 photo the moon shines behind a man dressed in a Santa Claus costume flying on a trike and motor glider near Sieversdorf, Germany.

Two full moons on January 2 and January 31 will also be counted as supermoons.

In the morning light, the 2017 supermoon drifted over the horizon, disappearing from view until next year.

. Sunday's moon is the first of three consecutive supermoons.

A moon sets Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, behind Universal's Volcano Bay in Orlando, Fla.

Nichols says that despite the difference between a regular full moon and a supermoon, it is not as grand as it appears.

The phenomenon of a supermoon takes place when the full moon reaches its nearest point to Earth, referred to as perigee moon.

While Mumbaikars did get to see a brighter moon than usual, the cloudy sky meant they weren't able to enjoy the sight to the fullest.

The moon has a slightly elliptical orbit - it does not move round the Earth in a flawless circle.

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