Saturday 1 November 2014

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 fireworks petard explodes in front of the supermoon outside the town of Mosta, celebrating the feast of its patron saint, in central Malta, August 10, 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.
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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. Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi

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