Supermoon photos: See wonderful shots of 2017 lunar spectacle

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Did you see the biggest Moon to appear in the sky above West Sussex this year? Since the Moon's orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) is about 50,000 km farther from the Earth than the other (perigee).

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

The supermoon tends to be brighter and appear to be larger than its usual size.

Whether it is was the prospect of standing outside in the cold weather, cloud cover, or your awful memory that meant you missed last night's supermoon then fear not.

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It's when a full moon and a perigee moon happen at the same time. The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but there is no evidence of such a link. The lunar phenomenon occurs when a full moon is at its closest point to earth.

It was also a particularly bright supermoon because of the more intense sunlight that reflects off the Moon in the winter.

The Supermoon rises above Whitby Abbey in Whitby, north east England on December 3, 2017.

On November 14, 2016 we experienced the closest the moon has come to Earth since January 26, 1948.

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