The best of the brilliant supermoon over Kamloops last night

Courtesy Howard M. Sharper

The moon rises over a building in Netanya, Israel, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017.

This weekend, a remarkable supermoon lit up the sky and made for some pretty unbelievable photos for those lucky enough to see it. The supermoon will reappear on the celestial stage on January 1 and 31, 2018, NASA said.

Sunday's moon was the first of three consecutive supermoons.

New York City-based astrophotographer Gowrishakhar ("Gowri") Lakshminarayanan captured both these images of the supermoon on December 3, 2017, and a regular full moon in July, then created this infographic to compare the difference in size side by side. The moon appears the biggest and brightest right around sunrise and sunset because of a "moon illusion" effect, when it's near the horizon and you're able to compare the moon to other objects for scale.

A supermoon occurs when a full moon, or new moon, is at its closest to Earth, making it look bigger and brighter to the naked eye. A third supermoon on January 31 will be extra special.

A moon sets Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, behind Universal's Volcano Bay in Orlando, Fla.

So, if you missed your chance last night, you won't have to wait too long. The moon will appear larger, up to 14 percent, and brighter than usual.

The moon's orbit around the Earth is elliptical.

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