Super moon over Timaru
Stargazers were treated to a "super-duper-moon" this morning as the full moon reached its closest point to Earth.
The so-called "super moon" happens when the moon comes a little bit closer to Earth due to its elliptical orbit, making it appear bigger and brighter to the naked eye.
The full moon occured about 6.10am today, reaching its perigee - the closest point to Earth on its oval-shaped orbit - about 5.44am.
Those who missed a glimpse of the super moon over Timaru will have another chance tonight. If skies are clear another impressive just-past-full moon will rise at 6.24pm.
The last super moon happened on July 9 and another would be seen on September 9, but today's event would be the closest of the year.
The Timaru Herald