Monday night's rare 'wolf moon' - promised to be one of the biggest and brightest supermoons of the year - has lit up the sky across the United States following its appearance in Europe and Asia، Daily Mail reported.
The supermoon، also known as a 'wolf moon،' made particularly stunning appearances from New York to Las Vegas as the sun set on the first day of 2018.
Spectacular pictures show the moon rising over Manhattan، the Hudson River، the Chicago skyline and the Las Vegas Strip، among other locations.
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. The phenomenon also occurred on the night of New Year's Eve، and the supermoon was seen rising in particularly stunning fashion London، United Kingdom and Rome، Italy Sunday night.
The moon appeared 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than usual.
On Monday night، the full moon will reach an extreme perigee distance of 221،559 miles from Earth، much closer than its average of 238،900 miles.
According to space.com، Monday will see the 'biggest full moon of 2018'.
Skywatchers can look up as the moon appears 7 per cent bigger and 12 to 14 per cent brighter.
The first full moon of 2018 will reach its peak between January 1 and 2 — at around 2.24am. It was known by early Native American tribes as the 'wolf moon'، because this was the time of the year when hungry wolf packs howled outside their camps.
Experts from NASA believe the 'blue moon blood moon supermoon' rising on January 31 will be the most extraordinary of all.
'The Moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie، fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes its way through Earth's atmosphere.
'Often cast in a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light، totally eclipsed Moons are sometimes called ''Blood Moons.'''