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A few of the very best photos of Sunday's Supermoon

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The supermoon rises over Auckland’s North Shore last night

The moon's distance from Earth ranges from 222,000 and 252,000 miles because its orbit is elliptical.

There are two supermoons happening in the month of January. Because the orbit of the Monday is elliptical, one side known as apogee is about 50,000 km away from the Earth than the other called perigee.

That night will also feature a lunar eclipse, when the moon, earth and sun all line up.

During a supermoon, technically called a 'perigee syzygy, ' the moon can appear up to 30% brighter than usual.

This Supermoon didn't just light up the night skies, it also ignited tempers online, as astrophysicists argued the moon may not have been living up to its "super" name.

The time between perigees (an anomalistic month, about 27.555 days) does not align very well with the time between full moons (a synodic month, about 29.531 days).

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Last year, the supermoon was spotted over other famous Buffalo landmarks including Shark Girl, the Richardson Olmsted Complex and Buffalo City Hall.

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

The Supermoon, or Full Cold Moon, made its first and last appearance of 2017 on Sunday night. Photo / AP Image 10 of 11: An aircraft flies in front of a full moon in Van, Turkey.

The final supermoon of 2018 will occur just a few weeks later, on January 31, with extra superlatives.

EarthSky notes this January super blue moon "will pass right through the Earth's shadow", making for a super blue moon eclipse!

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