The supermoon rises behind Oberbaum Bridge as a train passes through in Berlin. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Sky-gazers in awe of last night's Super Moon witnessed the
closest and largest full moon of the year.
At its closest point, the moon will be 356,896km from Earth
-- the closest since 1930. It should be visible again
There are usually between four and six Super Moons each year.
According to University of Canterbury astronomer Associate
Professor Karen Pollard, the next Super Moon cycle is on
It will be another 20 years before the moon comes as close as
it has in the current cycle, she says.
Auckland's Stardome said today's early risers would be best
placed to see the moon if clouds cleared.
Those up at 6am were urged to look in the opposite direction
of the sunrise to hopefully get a glimpse of "a beautiful
golden orb quickly setting".
This moon is expected to appear even larger than a Super Moon
in July, as this full moon falls closer to the perigee, or
the moon's closest point to the Earth, according to
MetService said the east of the North Island was likely to
have enjoyed the best view last night, with clear skies from
Gisborne to Wairarapa.
Many people around the North Island would have found it
difficult see the phenomenon because of cloud.