Super moon over Timaru

The supermoon rising over the Orongarongas.
The supermoon rising over the Orongarongas.
The August Supermoon setting over Kaipara coast.
The August Supermoon setting over Kaipara coast.
 An early morning supermoon shot from Karori.
An early morning supermoon shot from Karori.
Supermoon shines over Mt. Albert.
Supermoon shines over Mt. Albert.
EERIE: Super moon photographed above Timaru.
EERIE: Super moon photographed above Timaru.
Allan Scadden snapped this pic of the August Supermoon from Wellington.
Allan Scadden snapped this pic of the August Supermoon from Wellington.
YELLOW MOON: Cynthia Johnson took this photo about 6.20am on Monday while walking her dog on Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch.
YELLOW MOON: Cynthia Johnson took this photo about 6.20am on Monday while walking her dog on Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch.
The August Supermoon rising in Wellington.
The August Supermoon rising in Wellington.
Debbie Brown snapped this pic of the August Supermoon from Taranaki.
Debbie Brown snapped this pic of the August Supermoon from Taranaki.
The August Supermoon setting over the Ruahine Ranges.
The August Supermoon setting over the Ruahine Ranges.
Gareth Polglaze caught this pic of the August Supermoon over Nelson.
Gareth Polglaze caught this pic of the August Supermoon over Nelson.
The August Supermoon from One Tree Hill.
The August Supermoon from One Tree Hill.
The August Supermoon as seen from Wellington's Mount Victoria lookout.
The August Supermoon as seen from Wellington's Mount Victoria lookout.
The August Supermoon from Waimate.
The August Supermoon from Waimate.
The August Supermoon rises over the Barnicoat range in Nelson.
The August Supermoon rises over the Barnicoat range in Nelson.
The August Supermoon from Napier.
The August Supermoon from Napier.
Jubi captured this photo of the August Supermoon.
Jubi captured this photo of the August Supermoon.
Alistair Hayward got this shot as the moon was rising in July
Alistair Hayward got this shot as the moon was rising in July
Maggie Alasad sent in this spooky picture of the full moon in July.
Maggie Alasad sent in this spooky picture of the full moon in July.
Lindsay Breach took this picture in North Canterbury through a telescope in July.
Lindsay Breach took this picture in North Canterbury through a telescope in July.
After driving through very heavy fog this glow appeared on the side of the road in Hamilton - it was the moon and it extended in to this spooky view of the temple. Taken in July.
After driving through very heavy fog this glow appeared on the side of the road in Hamilton - it was the moon and it extended in to this spooky view of the temple. Taken in July.
The supermoon rising through the clouds next to Maungakiekie, taken from Mt Albert in July.
The supermoon rising through the clouds next to Maungakiekie, taken from Mt Albert in July.
Friday night moon over Silverstream, Upper Hutt, in July.
Friday night moon over Silverstream, Upper Hutt, in July.
One Tree Hill and the supermoon in July.
One Tree Hill and the supermoon in July.
We had cloud most of the time and this was taken just as the cloud passed ....a bit cloudy but still a sight to behold. Taken in July.
We had cloud most of the time and this was taken just as the cloud passed ....a bit cloudy but still a sight to behold. Taken in July.
Supermoon in Port Hedland, Western Australia, in July.
Supermoon in Port Hedland, Western Australia, in July.
Moon as seen in Masterton last Friday.
Moon as seen in Masterton last Friday.
Taken in the early morning of July 14, in Auckland.
Taken in the early morning of July 14, in Auckland.
Alex Macuer wasn't even aware there was a supermoon when taking this photo in July at Evans Bay Marina. "I just thought it was a beautiful moon."
Alex Macuer wasn't even aware there was a supermoon when taking this photo in July at Evans Bay Marina. "I just thought it was a beautiful moon."

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