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New year howls of delight as sky lit up by 'Wolf Moon'

By Nilima Marshall

Skygazers were treated to "the biggest and brightest" supermoon of the year as it rose across the UK on New Year's Day.

The full moon, also known as the 'Wolf Moon' appeared about 14% bigger and 30% brighter in the sky as it reached its closest point to Earth.

Described by Nasa as "the most super of the three supermoons this winter" that was "the biggest and brightest of 2018", it is the first of the two full moons in January.

The next event, the so-called Blue Moon, is expected to take place on January 31.

Blue Moons happen every two-and-a-half years on average when a full moon coincides with the point when it is closest to Earth.

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