Supermoon photos: See wonderful shots of 2017 lunar spectacle

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New York City-based astrophotographer Gowrishakhar ("Gowri") Lakshminarayanan captured both these images of the supermoon on December 3, 2017, and a regular full moon in July, then created this infographic to compare the difference in size side by side. A supermoon is a full moon that is at or near (90 percent of) its closest point in its orbit around Earth (perigee).

The moon on Sunday into Monday was 222,135 miles from Earth.

A supermoon can only happen if it's a full moon and if the moon is closer to Earth than usual.

The supermoon rises behind the mountain range seen from Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

"The Jan. 31 supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse, with totality viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia". Icerink opened for skating at full moon.

The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight, giving it a reddish hue.

We will see two in 2018, and they generally occur every two to three years.

Supermoons occur because of the shape of the moon's orbit around Earth.

However, 2018 will delight skywatchers with two supermoons, one on January 2nd and another just a few weeks later on January 31st.

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