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Dazzling sight

The Wolf Moon lit up the New Year’s Day sky. (PA)

The most super of supermoons! 'Wolf Moon' provides New Year's Day treat to skygazers

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

New Year’s Day may have been a day of headaches for many but skygazers were treated to “the biggest and brightest” supermoon of the year as it rose across Britain.

The full moon, also known as the ‘Wolf Moon’, appeared about 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky as it reached its closest point to Earth during orbit.

Described by Nasa as “the most super of the three supermoons this winter” that was “the biggest and brightest of 2018”, it is the first of the two full moons in January.

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The next event, the so-called Blue Moon, is expected to take place on January 31.

According to the US space agency, the second supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse “with totality viewable from western North America across the pacific to Eastern Asia”.

Supermoons happen when a full moon coincides with the moon’s perigee – a point in its orbit at when it is closest to Earth.