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What is a supermoon? Earth witnesses closest phenomenon in almost 70 years

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    Supermoon sighting in Turkey (Reuters)

    From Beijing to Berlin, star gazers around the world admired the supermoon - the largest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades - as it made its way across the skies on Sunday and Monday.

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    Supermoon sighting in Australia (Reuters)

    In Australia, some sky-watchers climbed to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to get a closer view of the moon as it ducked between the clouds over the city. Astronomers said it was closer to Earth than at any time since 1948.

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    Supermoon sighting in USA (Reuters)

    The phenomenon was visible first in Asia, sending astronomy enthusiasts and photographers flocking to the best viewing spots, hoping the chronic pollution that blights many of the region’s cities would not spoil the fun.

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    Supermoon sighting in Thailand (Reuters)

    Skygazers took to high-rise buildings, tourist landmarks and beaches worldwide on Monday to catch a glimpse of the closest “supermoon” to Earth in almost seven decades.

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    A view of Supermoon above the city of Shimla on Monday. PTI Photo

    The unusually big and bright moon happens when the Earth’s satellite rock is full at the same time as, or very near, perigee—its closest point to our planet on its monthly ellipsis-shaped orbit.

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    Supermoon seen over the sky near Marina Beach in Chennai. PTI Photo

    At a distance of 356,509km this is the closest it has been to Earth since 1948, creating what Nasa described as “an extra-supermoon.”

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    A view of the Supermoon as seen in the sky over Chennai. PTI Photo

    The supermoon, also known as a blood moon, was produced when the shadow of Earth cast a reddish glow on the moon, the result of a rare combination of an eclipse with the closest full moon of the year.

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    The "supermoon" appears over the landmark Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai. PTI Photo

    For more than an hour on Sunday night and early on Monday morning, Earth’s shadow blanketed the full moon as the planet passed between the sun and the moon.

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    The supermoon rises behind the Soyuz MS-03 space ship that will carry new crew to the ISS at the launch pad at the Russian leased Baikonur ...

    The brilliant white glow of the moon slowly transformed into a dim red, a coloring caused by Earth’s atmosphere scattering sunlight into the shadow.

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    A jet plane flies across the moon seen from Beijing, China. (AP/PTI)

    In New York City, the Chrysler Building lit up when the supermoon set behind the Art Deco-style skyscraper, and photographers captured the moon rising over the U.S. Capitol dome in Washington D.C.

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    The moon rises over the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand (AP/PTI)

    In Boston, real estate agent Jamie Iacoi filmed video from his roof deck on Sunday. "At one point, the planes were flying right through the middle of the moon. It was so cool to see in person," He said.

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    The supermoon appears near the Statue of Liberty (AP/PTI)

    Spectators lined up in France, Israel and Germany to watch the moon rise behind famous monuments like the Eiffel Tower, Dormition Abbey, and the Brandenburg Gate.

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    A view of the Supermoon as seen in the sky over New Delhi (PTI Photo)

    The full moon also shone over Jakarta in Indonesia and Thailand's Bangkok while in the Philippines, park-goers watched the spectacle in Manila.

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    The next supermoon-lunar eclipse combination will not happen until 2033.

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