Pictures of biggest supermoon for 68 years above Hatfield last night

PUBLISHED: 15:11 15 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:25 15 November 2016

The supermoon above Hatfield
Picture: Colin Bates

The supermoon above Hatfield Picture: Colin Bates

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A Hatfield man photographed the biggest supermoon since 1948 as it rose in the sky above Hatfield.

Colin Bates from Hatfield took the photos last night as the huge moon rose over the town, the biggest and brightest it has been for 68 years.

To qualify as a supermoon, the moon has to be full and must be at a point during its oval-shaped orbit where it is particularly close to Earth, which is called a perigree.

During a perigree, the moon is about 30,000 miles closer to Earth, as opposed to an apogee, which is the term used for when it is further away.

There is due to be another supermoon on Wednesday, December 14, but it will not be as big as last night’s.

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