December supermoon dazzles in morning sky

The last supermoon of 2017 sets over Whitley Bay Northumberland

The last supermoon of 2017 sets over Whitley Bay Northumberland

The most recent supermoon was around a year ago on November 14th, 2016. A supermoon is a full moon that coincides with its closest distance to Earth, resulting in a larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. Just how close that closest point to Earth is goes through a regular cycle. The Dec. 3 full moon will be the first of three consecutive supermoons.

The moon on Sunday into Monday was 222,135 miles from Earth.

The supermoon, as it's called, will appear in the night sky on the evening of December 3rd.

Skygazers enjoyed magical views as a dazzling supermoonrose across Britain.

Another astrophotographer, Gandhi Kumar, used the supermoon to create the illusion of a supermoon on a stick.

Supermoons are set to occur twice in January, on the 2nd and 31st.

December's full moon is traditionally known as the Cold Moon
December’s full moon is traditionally known as the Cold Moon

On the West Coast, astrophotographer Kwong Liew captured the bright supermoon setting behind San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge early Sunday morning. NASA astronaut and Expedition 53 Cmdr. ABC7 viewers went outside to catch a glimpse of the supermoon and shared incredible photos using #abc7eyewitness.

Supermoon, Dec. 3, looking over Capitol Hill.

There will also be supermoons on January 1, 2018, and January 31, 2018.

While the moon is always a lovely sight in the sky, occasionally skywatchers are treated to a special "supermoon".

Below, see scenes of the beaming supermoon over some of Washington's best-known landmarks and elsewhere from Capital Weather Gang's social networks ...

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