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Supermoon dazzles stargazers worldwide

Stargazers all over the world on Sunday night (Aug 10) saw a full moon closer to the earth than it has been in over 20 years. 

SINGAPORE: Stargazers all over the world on Sunday night (Aug 10) saw a full moon closer to the Earth than it has been in more than 20 years. Called a supermoon or perigee moon, it is the largest and closest full moon of the year. According to NASA, the moon appears 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger than normal.

Sunday's supermoon is the second in three supermoons this summer - one had occurred on Jul 12 and the next is due to appear on Sep 9.

Supermoons occur every 13 months on average. It occurs when a full moon or a new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.  


The full moon descends behind the Nossa Senhora da Penha Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AFP/YASUYOSHI CHIBA)


People gather in the park as a perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises in Madrid. (AP/Andres Kudacki)


The full moon peeks through trees in a wood near Rasing, Austria. (AP/Ronald Zak)


The supermoon appears behind a cross of the 'Christkoenig' church in Munich, southern Germany. (AP/Matthias Schrader)


People take photos as a supermoon rises above a bridge over Vardar River in Skopje, Macedonia. (AP/Boris Grdanoski)

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