The 'biggest and brightest' supermoon of the year illuminates Hawaii

The 'biggest and brightest' supermoon of the year illuminates Hawaii

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The new year's first supermoon wowed spectators worldwide on Monday evening.

It was so spectacular, in fact, that NASA says this supermoon is the biggest and brightest one for the entire year.

The celestial spectacle happens when the full moon is at its closest point to Earth, about 221,000 miles away. That makes it appear about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the most distant full moon.

It sure made for an impressive photo op in Hawaii, where many spectators captured some gorgeous shots of the supermoon shining over beaches and behind notable landmarks like Mauna Kea.

If you missed this one, don't worry because the next one will happen Jan. 31.

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