BAD MOON RISING: Cloud cover spoils biggest 'supermoon' in memory over South Yorkshire ... but tonight could offer another opportunity

Sheffield supermoon captured in all its glory. Picture: John Leigh
Sheffield supermoon captured in all its glory. Picture: John Leigh
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South Yorkshire last night hoped to witness largest full moon in almost 70 years with the record-breaking phenomena appearing in our night sky.

But, while our video illustrates the rare moment captured around the world in all its lunar glory, local sky-gazers yesterday evening had their hopes hampered by cloudy conditions as the natural satellite came closer to Earth than for decades.

But tonight could offer a second chance to supermoon-gaze after hopes for a clear view of the moon, appearing 14 per cent bigger and up to 30 per cent brighter than usual, were for the most part last night dashed for photographers across the area.

Sheffield's John Leigh posted best of the bunch at 7.13pm, an eerie image came from Gerald Robinson, captioned "not so much a supermoon but a spookymoon taken from my garden in Kimberworth at 6pm", while dim and seemingly distant supermoon was shared at 11.17pm by John Vintin.

The event, described as "undeniably beautiful" by American space agency Nasa, will not be matched until the moon makes a similar approach in 2034.

There is hope for those who missed last night's moon with clearer skies forecast for South Yorkshire and other areas north of the M4 this evening.

"Not so much a supermoon but a spookymoon taken from my garden in Kimberworth at 6pm". Picture: Gerald Robinson

"Not so much a supermoon but a spookymoon taken from my garden in Kimberworth at 6pm". Picture: Gerald Robinson

Royal Observatory Greenwich public astronomer Dr Marek Kukulathe said: "It was a cloudy night for most of the UK. Even a supermoon can't get through thick clouds.

"Tonight's moon will be almost as large and bright as Monday's so we still have a chance to enjoy the sight if the weather obliges."

Last night saw gap between Earth and Moon closest to its shortest point perigee - a distance of 221,525 miles - since 1948.

Yesterday's event was billed as biggest and best in series of three supermoons, first being on October 16 and third due on December 14.

South Yorkshire's dim and seemingly distant supermoo. Picture: John Vintin

South Yorkshire's dim and seemingly distant supermoo. Picture: John Vintin

After that we will have to wait until 2034 for a similar lunar display.

The Star still welcomes all your supermoon images, sent to readerpics@thestar.co.uk email address

Tonight there's a good moon on the rise

Tonight there's a good moon on the rise