The so-called 'supermoon' is seen in Jakarta, Indonesia on 03 December 2017 Photo: Adi Weda/EPA

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See how the only supermoon of 2017 lit up Southeast Asia

By: Johanna Chisholm - Posted on: December 5, 2017 | Culture & Life

This was the first in a trilogy of ‘supermoons’ predicted to be on the horizon, with the next two set to appear early in the first month of 2018

On Sunday night, iconic landmarks across the world were lit up by what is now commonly being referred to as a ‘supermoon’.

In essence, these lunar occurrences are just full moons, but what really sets them apart is the sheer size that they appear to be for us spectators on earth. During these supermoons, the moon comes the closest to the earth that it will ever be in its orbit, which gives it the appearance of being much larger than it typically is. In scientific circles, this is called the perigee.

Here is a collection of photos from across Southeast Asia that show how photographers chose to document the only supermoon of 2017.

A multiple exposure image shows the ‘supermoon’ near the Buddha statue in Yangon, Myanmar on 03 December 2017 Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA
You can see the ‘supermoon’ behind Christmas lights in Manila, Philippines on 03 December 2017 Photo: Mark R Cristino/EPA
The ‘supermoon’ dominates the sky while traffic rolls in the streets in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on 03 December 2017 Photo: Hein Htet/EPA
A supermoon brightens the night sky over the southeastern city of Busan, South Korea on 03 December 2017. The Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute said the moon was the biggest at 00:47 (local time) on 04 December about 14 percent larger than the smallest full moon this year Photo: Yonhap/EPA
Visitors enjoy viewing the so-called ‘Supermoon’ from a gondola of a ferris wheel at an amusement park in Tokyo, Japan on 03 December 2017 Photo: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA