Sunday 1 February 2015

The rise of the Supermoon

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A supermoon shines over metro Manila August 11, 2014. The astronomical event occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual.    REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco (PHILIPPINES - Tags: SOCIETY)
A supermoon shines over metro Manila. Reuters/Romeo Ranoco
The supermoon is seen as it rises through the clouds behind the bronze Statue of Freedom by Thomas Crawford atop the U.S. Capitol, Sunday in Washington. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A view of the 'supermoon', or perigee moon, rising behind The Shard building in London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
The weathercock of the church of Saints Peter and Paul is pictured in front of the moon in the village of Klein-Auheim near Hanau, Germany. Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
A supermoon is seen over Havana. Reuters/Enrique De La Osa
Sydney resident Virginia Maddock takes a picture of the setting sun as the supermoon rises off the Sydney beachside suburb of Wanda. Reuters/Jason Reed
A bird flies across a supermoon as it rises behind the roof of the Sydney Opera House. The astronomical event occurs when the moon is closest to Earth in its orbit, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual. Reuters/David Gray
The supermoon rises behind Oberbaum Bridge in Berlin. The astronomical event occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual. Reuters/Thomas Peter
The supermoon rises behind the cathedral in Mdina, Malta's ancient capital city, in the centre of the island. Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi
The supermoon rises over Tower Bridge in London. The astronomical event occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual. Reuters/Paul Hackett
The Supermoon appears behind a cross of the 'Christkoenig' church in Munich, southern Germany. AP Photo/Matthias Schrader
The "supermoon" rises over the skyline of New York and the Empire State Building as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey. Reuters/Eduardo Munoz
A supermoon rises over the Monument to the Mexican Revolution, in Mexico City. Rueters/Henry Romero
A supermoon rises behind Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon August 11, 2014. The astronomical event occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)
A moon is seen in the background as people ride upside down at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, Wisconsin. The fair started over 150 years ago and mixes agricultural exhibits with amusements rides. Reuters/Jim Young
The supermoon is seen behind a ferris wheel in Tokyo. Reuters/Toru Hanai
The supermoon rises as it is pictured from the Sierra de las Nieves (Mountain range of Snows) nature park and biosphere reserve between El Burgo and Ronda, near Malaga, southern Spain, August 10, 2014. Occurring when a full moon or new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth, the supermoon results in a larger-than-usual appearance of the lunar disk. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)
The supermoon rises over the stars of Moscow's Kremlin towers in Moscow. Reuters/Maxim Shemetov
The Supermoon appears behind a cross of the 'Christkoenig' church in Munich, southern Germany. AP Photo/Matthias Schrader
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. Occurring when a full moon or new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth, the Supermoon results in a larger-than-usual appearance of the lunar disk. Reuters/Maxim Shemetov
A fireworks petard explodes in front of the supermoon outside the town of Mosta, celebrating the feast of its patron saint, in central Malta. Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi
The supermoon rises through the clouds behind the "Motherland" statue, part of the WWII memorial complex, in Kiev, Ukraine. AP Photo/Osman Karimov
The full moon peeks through trees in a wood near Rasing, Austria. AP Photo/Ronald Zak
A supermoon appears behind the Angel of Peace sculpture, in London. AP Photo/Alastair Grant
A full moon known as a "supermoon" rises over the skyline of New York and the Empire State Building as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey. Reuters/Eduardo Munoz
A man walks against the perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, in Madrid. AP Photo/Andres Kudacki
A supermoon rises behind Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, South Korea. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji
People are seen through the windows of their homes as a supermoon rises behind a building over Buenos Aires. Reuters/Marcos Brindicci
Fireworks explode in front of the supermoon outside the town of Mosta, celebrating the feast of its patron saint, in central Malta. Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi
Fireworks streak past in front of the supermoon outside the town of Mosta, celebrating the feast of its patron saint, in central Malta. Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi
A fireworks petard explodes in front of the supermoon outside the town of Mosta, celebrating the feast of its patron saint, in central Malta. Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi

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