Spectacular supermoon gets 2018 off to a heavenly start

What a way to welcome 2018!

A spectacular so-called “supermoon” rose high in the sky on New Year’s Day, and stargazers around the world were on hand to snap some truly stunning shots of the celestial display:

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The supermoon is seen rising behind a red lantern in Beijing, China January 1, 2018. Picture taken January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. CHINA OUT.
A 'supermoon' full moon is seen through Christmas lights in Harpenden, Britain, January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra
The 'supermoon' full moon is seen through Christmas lights in Valletta, Malta, January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
The New Year supermoon - also known as a Wolf Moon - pictured at its fullest in the middle of the night of the 2nd of January behind Thomas Clapperton's bronze statue called Literature which sits on top of the Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by John Linton/PA Images via Getty Images)
NEW JERSEY, NJ - JANUARY 01: The supermoon rises behind the skyline of lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York City on January 1, 2018 as seen from Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Corbis via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, USA - JANUARY 01: Supermoon rises over Chicago, Illinois, United States on January 01, 2018. Supermoons happen when a full moon approximately coincides with the moon's perigee, or a point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth. (Photo by Bilgin SASMAZ/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A plane flys in front of a 'super moon' or 'wolf moon' on its approach to London Heathrow Airport on January 1, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 1, 2018 shows the 'super moon' or 'wolf moon' rising over a Christmas tree in Sofia. Supermoons happen when a full moon approximately coincides with the moon's perigee, or a point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth. This makes the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFF (Photo credit should read DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP/Getty Images)
WELLS, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: The first full moon of 2018 rises behind festive seasonal lights on display in the High Street in Wells on January 1, 2018 in Somerset, England. Tonight's full moon, which is known by Native American tribes as the 'Wolf Moon', is also a supermoon which means it coincides with the Moon's closest approach to Earth, known as the perigee. Tonights Wolf Moon is the first of two full moons in January. The second will take place on the night of January 31 and in some areas of the world this will also happen at the same time as a total lunar eclipse. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
People admires the 'super moon' from the Terrazza del Pincio, in Rome, on January 1, 2018. Supermoons happen when a full moon approximately coincides with the moon's perigee, or a point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth. This makes the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken on January 1, 2018 shows the 'super moon' rising over Piazza del Popolo, in Rome. Supermoons happen when a full moon approximately coincides with the moon's perigee, or a point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth. This makes the moon appear up to 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)
A passenger plane, with a 'supermoon' full moon seen behind, makes its final landing approach towards Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A 'supermoon' full moon rises behind the guard tower on the 17th century San Salvatore Bastion in Pieta, Malta, January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
A 'supermoon' full moon rises over the Castille Hotel and its Christmas decorations in Valletta, Malta, January 1, 2018. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi
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Supermoons happen “when a full moon occurs at or near the perigee,” per NASA. “It looks slightly larger and brighter than a typical full moon.”

The next supermoon, which has been dubbed a “super blue blood moon,” will rise on the night of Jan. 31.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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