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Spectacular images show 'wolf moon' lighting up the skies around the world
A plane at Heathrow (Picture: AFP Photo/Justin Tallis/Getty Images)

Stargazers across the globe were treated to the rare appearance of a ‘wolf moon’ lighting up the skies last night.

Spectacular images from around the world captured the incredible appearance of the first full moon of 2018, dubbed the ‘biggest and brightest of the year.

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The supermoon appeared as New Year’s Day drew to a close, with the the peak happening in the early hours of the morning.

Its appearance was due to the moon being at its closest point to the earth during its monthly orbit – making it appear in the skies brighter than normal.

Last night’s moon was the second of three ‘supermoons’ to appear in the space of two months, and it follows on from one on December 3.

Spectacular images show 'wolf moon' lighting up the skies around the world
The first supermoon of 2018, known as a ‘Wolf moon’ in the sky above the Shard in London Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire)
Spectacular images show 'wolf moon' lighting up the skies around the world
The first full moon of 2018 rises behind festive seasonal lights on display in the High Street in Wells (Picture: Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Spectacular images show 'wolf moon' lighting up the skies around the world
A ‘full wolf moon’ which is a supermoon rises in London (Picture: EPA/Neil Hall)
Spectacular images show 'wolf moon' lighting up the skies around the world
The first supermoon of the new year rises above the Vegas Strip (Picture: Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
Spectacular images show 'wolf moon' lighting up the skies around the world
The first supermoon of 2018, known as a ‘Wolf moon’ in the sky over Scarborough (Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)
Spectacular images show 'wolf moon' lighting up the skies around the world
The supermoon rises over the N Seoul Tower on Mount Nam (Picture: EPA/Yonhap/South Korea Out)
Spectacular images show 'wolf moon' lighting up the skies around the world
It follows on from this supermoon in December, as seen here above the US Capital (Picture: EPA/JIM LO SCALZO)
Spectacular images show 'wolf moon' lighting up the skies around the world
A plane flies in front of the ‘woolf moon’ near Heathrow (Picture: AFP Photo/Justin Tallis/Getty Images)
Spectacular images show 'wolf moon' lighting up the skies around the world
Another photo taken at The Shard (Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire)

It is called a ‘wolf moon’ because Native American tribes believed wolves howled at its appearance.

A third supermoon is set to appear on January 31, with it potentially having a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light.

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NASA tweeted: ‘Tonight’s full moon will be the biggest and brightest of 2018.

‘Called the Wolf Moon, we’re it our #NewYearsDay moon and the most super of the three supermoons this winter.

‘Happy #MoonCrushMonday!’

Incredible photos taken from around the world show The Shard in London bathed in the glow of the moon, while it can be seen behind the N Seoul Tower in South Korea.

While images show the moon in all its glory at Wells in Somerset and it can seen seen in the sky over Scarborough, North Yorkshire, while in Las Vegas the moon displays a brilliant and eerie orange hue.

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