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The Full Moon on Sunday night marked the first and only supermoon of 2017. Supermoon around the worldA supermoon means the full moon looks bigger and brighter than normal. The perigee moon exists because as the moon orbits the Earth it does so in an oval or elliptical shape, meaning sometimes the moon is closer to the Earth and other times it's farther. The supermoon on January 31 will be called a blue moon since it is the second full moon in the same month.

We'll see supermoons on December 3, January 1 and January 31. About twice each year, a full Moon lines up perfectly with the Earth and Sun such that Earth's shadow totally blocks the Sun's light, which would normally reflect off the Moon. The most recent supermoon was on November 14, 2016. The phenomenon of two full moons in one month is commonly referred to as a "blue moon".




"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. Totally eclipsed Moons are for this reason called "blood Moons". So most full moons occur at a point on the moon's orbit anywhere but perigee.

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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