Supermoon Pictures: See 2018 Wolf Moon Light Up Skies Around the World

2018 is already off to a fantastic start for stargazers. New Year's Day brought a stunning supermoon to the night sky, shining bigger and brighter than a normal full moon.

1_2_Supermoon_09 A supermoon glows brighter than the average moon, pictured here in detail from Valencia, Spain, on January 1. Werner Wilmes/Flickr

You may have been in too fragile a state to brave the outside world and see the moon itself after a night of heavy celebrating on New Year’s Eve. If so, don't worry. Newsweek has collected the very best pictures of the incredible lunar event from around the world.


1_2_Supermoon_04 A passenger plane passes in front of the wolf moon as it approaches Heathrow Airport in London on January 1. Toby Melville/Reuters

A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth during an orbit, according to NASA.

Nyack, New York

1_2_Supermoon_06 The supermoon pictured above the Hudson River and the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, pictured from Nyack, New York, on January 1. Mike Segar/Reuters

Because the moon’s orbit of the planet is not a perfect circle, sometimes it is closer to the Earth than usual. This can make the moon appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a normal full moon.


1_2_Supermoon_08 The full moon illuminates the historic architecture of Piazza del Popolo in Rome on January 1. Alberto Pizzolo/AFP/Getty Images

The New Year’s full moon is called a wolf moon, named for the howls of the hungry animals during midwinter.

Dalian, China

1_2_Supermoon_05 The wolf moon glows behind a dog-shaped lantern in Dalian, Liaoning province, China, on January 1. China Stringer Network/Reuters

January 31 will also play host to a supermoon, the final event in what NASA has called a “supermoon trilogy,” which started December 3.

Jalandhar, India

1_2_Supermoon_07 The moon rises above decorative lights in Jalandhar, India, on January 1. Shammi Mehra/AFP/Getty Images

The supermoon on January 31 will be the second full moon of the month—a blue moon.

Wells, England

1_2_Supermoon_02 The supermoon competes with seasonal lights in Wells, England, on January 1. Matt Cardy/Getty Images

To top it off, stargazers in some parts of the U.S. will be treated to lunar eclipse on the same, final night of January.

Iqaluit, Nunavut

1_2_Supermoon_01 The wolf moon lights up the icy surface of Iqaluit, Nunavut, on January 1. Fiona Paton/Flickr

You can see if your location will be one of those witnessing a total eclipse on this EarthSky map.