Check out these brilliant photos of the December supermoon

Danny Lawson- PA Images via Getty Images                   Supermoon above Whitby Abbey Yorkshire

Last year, the moon approached its closest since 1948, at a distance that won't be noted again until 2034.

On January 31, the supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse, and the totality will be viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia.

"We're seeing all of the Earth's sunrises and sunsets at that moment reflected from the surface of the Moon", NASA scientist Sarah Noble said in a release.

The nearby perigee Full Moons appear about 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than Full Moons that occur near the apogee in the Moon's orbit.

The moon's orbit around the Earth is elliptical. The supermoon of December 3, 2017, was the first of the trilogy of supermoons that is scheduled to appear.

Dr Griffin said the big, bright moon was "astonishingly lovely as it disappeared behind the hills of my home town as dawn brightened the sky".

Check out these attractive images of the supermoon from different areas of the world. Photo / AP Image 10 of 11: An aircraft flies in front of a full moon in Van, Turkey. The second full moon to occur in a calendar month is known as a blue moon. The Pacific Northwest's Haida people called it the Snow Moon.

The moon rises in its waxing gibbous stage behind a statue atop the Erie County Court Building, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. The Dec. 3 full moon will be the first of three consecutive supermoons.

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