Here are our favourite photos from last night's supermoon

Here are our favourite photos from last night's supermoon

The first supermoon of the year was visible on January 12 and the second was on November 3.

NASA photographer Bill Ingalls captured photos from Washington, D.C.

A supermoon happens when a full moon coincides with the moon's perigee - meaning the point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth (the farthest point is known as apogee).

But stargazers won't have to wait long for the next supermoon, which is Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Astronomers say the best time to catch a glimpse of a supermoon is either right after sunset or minutes before the next sunrise.

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The December full moon is also referred to as the "cold moon".

Arvind Paranjpye, director of Nehru Planetarium said, "The moon was supposed to start rising at 6.58 pm yesterday, but was covered in passing clouds so we couldn't see much".

Last night a supermoon hung over the United Kingdom as the country was treated to the natural phenomenon for the first time in over a year. The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight, giving it a reddish hue.

A supermoon occurs every 14 full moon which is just over a year. Totally eclipsed Moons are for this reason called "blood Moons".

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