Supermoon 2017 Pictures: See The Final Full Moon Of The Year As It Came Closest To Earth

The only supermoon of 2017 lit up skies across the planet last night. But don’t worry if you didn’t catch the biggest, brightest moon of the year—the world’s photographers were out in full force to capture the dazzling event from around the globe—and even from space.

Here are some of the best images of yesterday’s Full Cold Moon.

12_4_Supermoon The supermoon captured in detail, December 3, 2017. dw_ross/ Flickr

Yesterday’s supermoon was predicted to shine 16 percent brighter and seven percent larger than normal, reported National Geographic. This allowed photographers to capture the surface of the moon in incredible detail.

12_4_Supermoon Marseille The supermoon competes with Christmas lights in Marseille, France December 3, 2017. Jean-Paul Pelissier/ Reuters

A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the perigee of the moon’s orbit. The moon’s orbit is not a perfect circle but an ellipse—the perigee is the closest point between the Earth and the approaching moon, as NASA explains here.

12_4_Supermoon Hong Kong The supermoon pictured behind the balcony plants of a residential block in Hong Kong, December 3, 2017. Anthony Wallace/ AFP/ Getty Images

The combination of a full moon and this shorter distance makes the celestial body appear bigger and brighter than usual.

12_1_Supermoon Olvera The supermoon shines over the church of Nuestra Senora de la Encarnacion, Olvera, Spain, as it sets, December 4, 2017. Jon Nazca/ Reuters

NASA astronaut and prolific space photographer Randolph 'Comrade' Bresnik watched the supermoon rise over Mongolia.

December’s full moon is called the Cold Moon because—you guessed it—it’s the first full moon of the winter months.

12_4_Supermoon Washington DC_01 An airplane takes off from Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington DC, passing in front of the rising supermoon, Dec 3, 2017. Bill Ingalls/ NASA / Flickr

The best time to see a supermoon is when it rises or sets. The closer the moon is to the horizon, the larger it will appear, due to a phenomenon known as the “moon illusion.”

12_4_Supermoon Yangon Electric lines cut through the supermoon near Yangon, Myanmar, December 4, 2017. Ye Aung Thu/ AFP / Getty Images

Yesterday’s supermoon was the first of three, in a particularly exciting few months for astronomers.

12_4_Supermoon Washington DC_01 NASA captures the rising supermoon over Washington DC, December 3, 2017. Bill Ingalls/ NASA/ Flickr

In a few weeks, stargazers will be treated to the Geminid meteor shower—one of the biggest and best meteor showers of the year—before a duo of supermoons in January.

12_4_Supermoon Ronda A person is silhouetted against the rising supermoon as they walk accross Puente Nuevo, Ronda, Spain, December 3, 2017. Jon Nazca/ REUTERS

Catch the Wolf Moon on January 2 and a very rare “blue” supermoon on January 31. The Wolf Moon is named for the howling of hungry wolves in midwinter. A blue moon typically refers to the second full moon in a month.

12_4_Supermoon Agung The supermoon shines beside Mount Agung volcano, pictured from Amed in Karangasem Regency, Bali, Indonesia, December 4, 2017. Darren Whiteside/ Reuters