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Supermoon gets 2018 off to big, bright start

New Year's Day supermoon lights up the sky from Malta to Las Vegas.

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Malta

The supermoon is seen through Christmas lights on Jan. 1, 2018 in Valletta. 

A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the point at which the moon's orbit is closest to Earth making it appear larger in the sky. 

This moon is also called the Wolf Moon.

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London

The moon rises by County Hall.

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Malta

A full moon rises in Pieta.

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California

A full moon rises over El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
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Rome

People admire the supermoon from the Terrazza del Pincio.

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Beijing

The supermoon rises behind a red lantern.

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Las Vegas

The first supermoon of the new year rises above the Vegas Strip.

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London

The moon rises by the London Eye.

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Malta

A full moon rises behind the guard tower on the 17th century San Salvatore Bastion in Pieta.

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New York

A full moon rises above the Hudson River and the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge. 

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London

A plane flies in front of the moon on its approach to London Heathrow Airport.

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Paris

The moon rises over the Genie de la Bastille.

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London

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