Photos: Supermoon rises over New Zealand

Rising from Papakura, Auckland (Leila Khan)
Rising from Papakura, Auckland (Leila Khan)

A stunning supermoon rose on Sunday night, and New Zealanders were among the first in the world to see it.

Photos: Supermoon rises over New Zealand

The moon over Mount Mauao at Mount Maunganui (Jenny Lucey)

It was bigger and brighter than a regular full moon because the moon was at its closest approach to Earth during its oval-shaped orbit.

Photos: Supermoon rises over New Zealand

Rising over the Waikato River, Huntly (Lynn Haumaha)

On Sunday night it was a mere 357,000km away, compared to the average distance of more than 380,000km away.

Photos: Supermoon rises over New Zealand

Seen over Taranaki (Tanita Panton)

A supermoon can look up to 14 percent bigger than normal, and 30 percent brighter.

Photos: Supermoon rises over New Zealand

(Derek Gerritsen) 

The best time to view it was after moonrise, when the moon just lifted above the horizon.

Photos: Supermoon rises over New Zealand

(Kane Hurst) 

Another supermoon is set to occur next month, with the moon coming marginally closer than it will tonight, and yet another in December.

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