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“Supermoon”

Monday 11-14-2016

On Monday night, Perth locals were looking at the skies, eagerly trying to catch a glimpse of the supermoon.

At this time, the moon came closer to the Earth than at any other time since 1948.  Sky gazers around the world congregated near landmarks, on beaches and atop tall buildings to take a look and a few photos.

A “supermoon" (official name perigee syzygy moon) occurs when the moon is full and is in a close orbit to Earth. However, Monday night’s full moon was special – NASA actually calling it an “extra-supermoon”.

The November 14 moon was closer than it has been in nearly 70 years, and appeared almost 8 per cent larger than normal. This won’t happen again until 2034.