Supermoon December 2017 | Your photos

Some star gazers across the region were frustrated in their attempts to capture the supermoon, but for many the clouds provided some stunning contrast.

See some of the best photos in the gallery above.

Because the moon orbits earth in more of an oval than a circle it means that sometimes it is much closer to Earth than normal – combine that with a full moon and you have yourself a big, beautiful ‘supermoon’.

As Dave Reneke from the Mid North Coast Astronomy Group explains, the term supermoon actually originated from the studies of modern astrology and despite the claims of some people around the world, the supermoon will not destroy the Earth. Nor will it turn you into a lunatic.

Chaz Bruce Carter from Mount George shared his photo saying:

He went on to describe the moon moving through the clouds creating a ‘dream effect’. 

“I had to wake my partner up to come and see my photos and the moon outside too, she said it was amazing and that she's never seen anything like it before in her life.”

See a time-lapse of the supermoon over Launceston:

“Supermoons are a good time to reflect back about the first moon landing and what it all meant. Neil Armstrong was of course the first man chosen from an impressive pilot list to walk on the Moon - but he nearly didn’t make it. This is something not many people know of,” explained Dave Reneke.

Fun supermoon facts:

  • The Supermoon on November 14, 2016, was the closest since January 26, 1948. 
  • The point on the Moon's orbit closest to Earth is called the perigee and the point farthest away is the apogee.
  • A Micromoon is a full moon or new moon that takes place when the center of the Moon is further than 405,000 kms from the center of Earth.
  • Although the Sun and the Moon’s alignment cause a small increase in tectonic activity, the effects of the Supermoon on Earth are minor and they definitely aren’t linked with mood changes in people.