First and only supermoon of 2017 visible across the world Sunday night

First and only supermoon of 2017 visible across the world Sunday night

First and only supermoon of 2017 visible across the world Sunday night

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.

NASA photographer Bill Ingalls captured photos from Washington, D.C. December's full moon appears bigger and brighter in the sky as it sits closer than average to Earth. The next two will occur on January 1, 2018, and January 31.

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Astronomers say the best time to catch a glimpse of a supermoon is either right after sunset or minutes before the next sunrise. The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight, giving it a reddish hue.

It was especially large and bright because it was its closest distance to Earth, and was the only supermoon in 2017. But in 2017, that was visible just once with the December full moon.

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The moon also needs to be full which happens once every 29.5 days, when the sun fully illuminates the moon.

When the moon is closer to the earth, there are higher tide levels due to the moon's gravitational pull on our water.

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