A few of the very best photos of Sunday's Supermoon

An aircraft taking off from Ronald Reagan National Airport is seen passing in front of the moon as it rises

Dr Griffin said the big, bright moon was "astonishingly attractive as it disappeared behind the hills of my home town as dawn brightened the sky".

This weekend's sighting is the first of a "supermoon trilogy", with the phenomenon recurring January 1 and January 31 of the new year, according to NASA. They appear larger and brighter than other full moons.

According to Michelle Nichols, director of public observing at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, there is a reason behind the moon's captivating close approach to the Earth.

In pictures: Supermoon 2017
Photos: 2017's one and only supermoon soars over Washington

The moon vacillates between 363,000 and 406,000 km in distance from earth.

Dr Griffin said that early risers today could catch the moon starting to go out of sight about 7.10am, between the west and southwest.

Below, see scenes of the beaming supermoon over some of Washington's best-known landmarks and elsewhere from Capital Weather Gang's social networks ... The year 2017 had a total of four supermoons, in April, May, June, and December, going by the definition created by Noelle.

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Jackie Faherty from the American Museum of Natural History in NY says that moonrise (which happens right around sunset during a full moon) is always a good time to glance up at the sky. Sunday night's supermoon was the one and only supermoon of 2017.

A flamingo installation stands out against the bright backdrop of the supermoon.

If you missed Sunday's Full Moon treat, take heart, it was the first of a trilogy of supermoons!

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