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The 2017 Supermoon was an astronomical event that could be seen all over the world.

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The 2017 Supermoon was an astronomical event that could be seen all over the world.

Bianca Serafano, Staff Writer

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On Sunday, December 3, a rare astronomical event occurred. A moon known as the “supermoon” (perigee syzygy) was visible on Sunday night; this phenomenon only happens once per year. For a supermoon to occur there has to be a perigee moon and also a full moon; A perigee moon is when the moon is at the closest possible point to the Earth. On the night of the supermoon, the moon was larger and brighter than usual. The moon looked this way because it is unusually close to the Earth.

The previous supermoon was on November 14, 2016. The next supermoon will be in 2018 and instead of only one, there will be two supermoons: one on January 2nd and the other on January 31st. The supermoon on January 31st will simultaneously occur with a lunar eclipse that can be seen from certain areas of Western Asia, Northwestern North America, and Australia.

The supermoon on December 3rd could be seen from Washington, DC to Tokyo. Stargazers and photographers from all corners of the world took pictures of the moon that made it seem much larger. For example, photographers captured pictures of the supermoon rise over the Jefferson Memorial, Statue of Liberty, a Buddha statue in Yangon, Whitby Abbey in Yorkshire, and much more.

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