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In stunning photos: The supermoon trilogy begins!

December 04, 2017 14:15 IST

It was the biggest full moon of 2017. The next two supermoons will occur in January 2018.

A remote-controlled flying Santa makes a test flight past a setting moon over the ocean in Carlsbad, California, on December 3, 2017.
According to NASA, last night's supermoon kicked off a special 'supermoon trilogy'.
Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

 

The supermoon moon pictured behind Christmas lights in Marseille, France.
This phenomenon occurs when the full moon is at the closest point of its orbit to the Earth, making it appear bigger and brighter than usual.
Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters.

 

An aircraft takes off from Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC, against the backdrop of the supermoon.
The next supermoon of the trilogy will occur in less than a month, on January 1, 2018.
Photograph: NASA/Bill Ingalls/ Getty Images.

 

But it is the third supermoon -- on January 31, 2018 -- which will be the most special. It will also be a "blue moon" and coincide with a lunar eclipse.
Photograph: NASA/Bill Ingalls/Getty Images

 

The supermoon as seen along with Mount Agung volcano in Bali.
Did you know the brightest full moon occurance since 1948 took place last year?
Photograph: Darren Whiteside/Reuters.
Rediff Get Ahead Bureau