Supermoon brightens up night sky over Earth bigger and brighter than usual

The supermoon pictured as it rises above Penshaw Monuement near Sunderland (Picture: North News)

Skygazers enjoyed magical views as a dazzling supermoon rose across Britain.

December’s full moon, traditionally known as the Cold Moon, appears bigger and brighter in the sky as it sits closer than average to Earth.

Tom Kerss, an astronomer at Royal Observatory Greenwich, said it would reach its highest point above the horizon at about midnight.

Some observers managed to find clear skies at this time, when the moon was at its clearest and brightest.

At 3.47pm yesterday – the exact moment of full moon – it was 222,761 miles from Earth, closer than the average distance of 238,900 miles.

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