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HEADS UP! Supermoon lights up the sky

July 14, 2014 12:32 IST

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Night owls and stargazers were presented with a beautiful view on Saturday night, as the first of this season’s supermoons filled the night sky. For the uninitiated, a supermoon is a scientific phenomenon when the moon is 48,280 kilometre closer to Earth than the farthest point in its orbit and the moon looks bigger and brighter. Two additional supermoons are expected in 2014, one on August 10 and another on September 9, NASA said. August’s supermoon is expected to be the most remarkable of the year.

The Supermoon rises over houses in Olvera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz.

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Photographs: Jon Nazca/Reuters

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An aircraft passes in front of a supermoon rising over the Rideau Canal in Ottawa. 

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Photographs: Blair Gable/Reuters

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The supermoon, or perigee moon, rises behind the historic Mount Wilson Observatory at Mount Wilson in the AngelesNational Forest northeast of Los Angeles, California.

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Photographs: David McNew/Getty Images

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The Supermoon rises over downtown Kansas City, Missouri. 

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Photographs: Dave Kaup/Reuters

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People stand and look at the moon one day ahead of the supermoon phenomenon from a bridge over 42nd Street in the Manhattan borough of New York.

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Photographs: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

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A supermoon is seen over the Rideau Canal in Ottawa.

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Photographs: Blair Gable/Reuters

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A super moon is seen next to Tokyo Sky Tree, the world’s tallest broadcasting tower at 634 metres, in Tokyo.

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Photographs: Yuya Shino/Reuters

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A supermoon rises behind the Washington Monument in Washington, DC. 

 


Photographs: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images

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