'Super moon' lights up sky

NIGHT LIGHTS: St Albans resident John Miller snapped the moon over New Brighton.
NIGHT LIGHTS: St Albans resident John Miller snapped the moon over New Brighton.
GIANT: John Miller sent in this picture of the moon in close-up.
GIANT: John Miller sent in this picture of the moon in close-up.
The moon seen from Ilam, Christchurch.
The moon seen from Ilam, Christchurch.
A stunning shot from Christchurch. Reader Ricky Tiong superimposed a slightly underexposed shot over an overexposed shot to get the details of both the clouds and the moon.
A stunning shot from Christchurch. Reader Ricky Tiong superimposed a slightly underexposed shot over an overexposed shot to get the details of both the clouds and the moon.
FULL MOON: Cantabrian Helen Beswick took these pictures from Wellington's Mt Victoria.
FULL MOON: Cantabrian Helen Beswick took these pictures from Wellington's Mt Victoria.
LOOKING OUT: Out-of-town Cantabrian Helen Beswick took these pictures from a Wellington look-out.
LOOKING OUT: Out-of-town Cantabrian Helen Beswick took these pictures from a Wellington look-out.
EERIE: Cantabrian Helen Beswick, who was out of town, took these photos from Wellington's Mt Victoria.
EERIE: Cantabrian Helen Beswick, who was out of town, took these photos from Wellington's Mt Victoria.

A "super moon" managed to break through cloud to light up in the night sky in Christchurch overnight.

NASA said the moon appeared about 14 per cent bigger than usual and 30 per cent brighter, because of its oval orbit around the Earth.

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CAPTURED: A Christchurch resident took this photo of the "super moon" at New Brighton.
CAPTURED: A Christchurch resident took this photo of the "super moon" at New Brighton.

The scientific term for the phenomenon is "perigee moon".

Super perigee moons are fairly common, with the moon becoming full within a few hours of its closest approach to Earth about once a year on average.

The moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side, or perigee, about 31,000 miles closer than the other, or apogee.

BIG: The "super moon" up close.
BIG: The "super moon" up close.

The moon was visible over New Zealand from about 5.23pm.

The last perigee moon was on March 19, 2011, when it was about 250 miles closer than last nights.

According to Space.com meteorologist Joe Rao, the moon was about 356,955 kilometres from the earth.

WOW: Cantabrian Helen Beswick captured the "super moon" from the Mt Victoria lookout.
WOW: Cantabrian Helen Beswick captured the "super moon" from the Mt Victoria lookout.

Later this year the opposite will happen, with the November 28 full moon coinciding with the moon's apogee, its farthest approach, Space.com reports.

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