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In case you missed the Supermoon, see it HERE

August 11, 2014 12:06 IST

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This Sunday, the world witnessed the closest, brightest supermoon of this year.

Millions across the globe saw the moon in its 'full moon' stage, and at its closest point to earth during its yearly orbit.

For just 26 minutes, the moon reached its full perigee stage, taking it to within 221,765 miles of earth.

The supermoon on Sunday was the second in a trio of supermoons this year, with one having happened on July 12 and the next one due to appear on September 9. To have three in such close proximity is very rare and it is not expected that this will happen again until 2034. In general, supermoons occur on average every 13 months.

Many enthusiasts grabbed their mobile phones to take a snapshot of the spectacle

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Image: A woman takes a selfie as the supermoon rises over Tower Bridge in London
Photographs: Paul Hackett/Reuters
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A supermoon rises above the US Marine Corps War Memorial on August 11, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia

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Photographs: McNamee/Getty Images

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A Supermoon is seen over Havana

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Photographs: McNamee/Getty Images
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People watch as the supermoon rises from the clouds in Miami Beach, Florida

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Photographs: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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In this handout image provided by NASA, a perigree full moon or supermoon is seen over the The Peace Monument on the grounds of the United States Capitol

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Photographs: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images

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A supermoon rises behind the light on top of the Luxor Hotel and Casino.

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Photographs: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

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A supermoon rises while a couple takes a photo in Monterrey

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Photographs: Daniel Becerril/Reuters

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Children watch a full moon known as a "supermoon" while it rises over the skyline of New York and the Empire State Building, as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey.

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Photographs: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

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A supermoon raises over Petare slum in Caracas, Venezuela

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Photographs: Jorge Silva/Reuters

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A supermoon rises over the Rio de La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Photographs: Enrique Marcarian/Reuters

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A fireworks petard explodes in front of the supermoon outside the town of Mosta, celebrating the feast of its patron saint, in central Malta

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Photographs: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters
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The supermoon rises over the cathedral in Mdina, Malta's ancient capital city, in the centre of the island

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Photographs: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

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Lit windows of buildings are seen as a supermoon rises behind clouds over Buenos Aires

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Photographs: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

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A supermoon rises behind Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, South Korea

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Photographs: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

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A two-headed eagle, the national symbol of Russia, is seen in front of the supermoon as it rises over the towers of Historical Museum in Moscow

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Photographs: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters
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