Stunning shots of supermoon around Norfolk

The supermoon over Norwich. Picture: Jo Clarke

The supermoon over Norwich. Picture: Jo Clarke - Credit: Archant

Stunning shots of the supermoon - when the moon is at its closest point to earth - have been caught by weather watchers over the weekend and again this morning.

While clouds obscured the view of the supermoon at times, skies cleared to allow glimpses of the enlarged moon, which can become up to 14pc larger and 30pc brighter than usual.

A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon reaching perigee (the moon's closest point of orbit to Earth). There are three supermoons in 2017 – in January, November and December – with the closest supermoon in December.

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This year the supermoon fell on Sunday night into Monday morning, but spectacular views were also on show on Saturday.

The December full moon is also known as the Cold Moon. Full moon names often correspond to seasonal markers, and in the Northern Hemisphere December's full moon occurs at a cold time of year – hence the name 'Cold Moon'. This year, the Cold Moon is also a supermoon.

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The supermoon over East Anglian air ambulance base. Picture: EAAA

The supermoon over East Anglian air ambulance base. Picture: EAAA - Credit: Archant

The supermoon over Norwich railway station. Picture: Paul Hayes

The supermoon over Norwich railway station. Picture: Paul Hayes - Credit: Archant

Supermoon over Cromer Church during the christmas light switch on.

Supermoon over Cromer Church during the christmas light switch on. - Credit: Archant

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