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"Super" start to 2018 with New Year's Day supermoon


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Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 8:41 PM - The first supermoon of 2018 appeared on New Year's Day, serving as a reminder that while cold air can be a nuisance, it can also help enhance some beautiful sky-watching opportunities.

The cold winter air often presents the best viewing of the night sky compared to other seasons, as the air tends to be dryer and more stable. 

On Monday, NASA tweeted the moon, also called the Wolf Moon, would be the "biggest and brightest" of the year.

"The Moon's orbit around Earth is elliptical, rather than circular, so at times it is closer to us, and other times it is farther away," says The Weather Network's meteorologist Scott Sutherland. "As this happens, month by month, there are certain Full and New Moons that are closer than others. If the Full Moon or the New Moon occurs when the Moon is closer than 361,524 km (90 per cent of the average distance between the Moon and Earth), it's known - at least colloquially - as a Super Moon."

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Here are some of our favourite photos of the supermoon from around the world: 























With files from Daniel Martins and Leeanna Mclean

Watch below: 2017 supermoon seen from International Space Station


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