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Super Snow Moon lights up night sky above Aotearoa

Kiwis may have noticed the moon looked a little brighter than usual last night thanks to its "super snow" condition.

A "super moon" is currently taking place, where the moon is at its closest point to Earth during its orbit, or perigee.

This makes it appear about 14 per cent larger than at its furthest point, or apogee.

The super snow moon is seen from Mount Maunganui. Source: Jude Murray

This super moon has been named as a "snow" moon, which is the designation given to full moons which take place during February.

There are three super moons this year, the first of which took place early in January - the "super blood wolf" moon.

The super snow moon over the Orowaiti River near Westport. Source: Rob Walker

The third super moon will take place around March 21 - the"worm" moon.

The time between the moon being at its closest point and being at its furthest point is about 13 and a half days.

The super snow moon rises above Castle Point, Wairarapa. Source: Arun Mathew