Sky gazers were left disappointed last night as clouds blocked the closest view of the moon since 1948.

Napier astronomer Gary Sparks said the moon, which was the nearest to Earth in more than 60 years, was not as bright as it should have been due to the heavy cloud.

"It was pretty much socked in but there is another so-called supermoon next month if people missed out. It won't be as close because it will be 12 hours apart not two hours like this time."

Mr Sparks said the next time people could expect to see the moon this close would not be until 2034.

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However, the gloomy weather disappeared this morning giving people a better lunar view.