Supermoon wows sky-gazers for only time this year

A “ supermoon” was visible across much of the planet on Sunday evening for the one and only time in 2017.

The supermoon, given its name by Astrologer Richard Nolle, is a new or full moon that appears bigger to the human eye because it’ s the closest distance it could get to Earth during a given orbit.

“ The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the moon, not just that once but every chance they have! ”   said Dr. Noah Petro , a research scientist from NASA’ s Goddard Space Flight Center.

The supermoon rises in front of a replica of the Statue of Liberty sitting atop the Liberty Building in downtown Buffalo, N. Y., on Sunday.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Supermoons typically appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the average moon seen in the sky each night, Petro told Fox News.

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The supermoon rises above Whitby Abbey in Whitby, northeast England, on Sunday.   (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)

While it may seem bigger, it’ s simply close to the horizon,   according to Space. com . The effect is called a “ moon illusion, ” which scientists believe may be the human brain comparing the moon to other objects nearby.

Or it could be that the human brain “ is just wired to process things on the horizon as bigger than things in the sky. ”

The moon rises behind the mountain range seen from Naypyitaw, Burma, on Sunday.   (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo)

This particular moon,   according to NASA , has been given the Indian names of “ Frost Moon” or the “ Moon Before Yule, ” because it’ s the last full moon of the fall season.

The moon, which also has been dubbed a “ full cold moon, ” is one part of what NASA  is calling a “ super moon trilogy. ”

The next supermoon will be on Jan. 1, 2018, with the third taking place on Jan. 31  — which NASA says “ will be extra special, ” considering it will feature a total lunar eclipse.

Fox News’ Zoe Szathmary contributed to this report.

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