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The moon appears to be bigger and brighter due to its orbit around the Earth.

The final supermoon of 2017 was visible from Earth this weekend.

Even as stargazers in the city were looking forward to witnessing yesterday's supermoon, which was also the last full moon of the year, many were left disappointed as the moderately cloudy sky played spoilsport. "About twice each year, a full moon lines up perfectly with the earth and sun such that earth's shadow totally blocks the sun's light, which would normally reflect off the moon". Since the moon's orbit is elliptical, one side (apogee) is about 30,000 miles (50,000 km) farther from Earth than the other (perigee).

That didn't stop photo buffs from stepping out to examine the night skies as the moon reached what's called 'perigee, ' or, the position on the elliptically-shaped lunar orbit when the moon comes closest to the Earth.

Photographers and skywatchers in New Zealand and across the world have enjoyed views of the supermoon lighting up the night sky.

The supermoon appears to rest on top of a pole in this photo by Gandhi Kumar in Boulder, Colorado.

Supermoons are set to occur twice in January, on the 2nd and 31st.

A flamingo installation stands out against the bright backdrop of the supermoon.

The next super moon will be on January 1, 2018.

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