In pictures: 'Supermoon' to grace Earth's skies

Rare sights from around the world


Multimedia Desk November 14, 2016
A commerical jet flies in front of the moon on its approach to Heathrow airport in west London. PHOTO: AFP

The largest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades will be on display this evening, promising Earth-bound sky-watchers a celestial "supermoon" spectacle.

The full moon will come nearer to Earth than at any time since 1948, astronomers said. At closest approach, which occurs at 6:23 a.m. EST on Monday, the moon will pass within 216,486 miles of Earth's surface, about 22,000 miles (35,400 km) closer than average.

If skies are clear, the upcoming full moon will appear up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual, making it what is called a supermoon, according to NASA. A supermoon occurs when the timing of a full moon overlaps with the point in the moon's 28-day orbit that is closest to Earth. About every 14th full moon is a supermoon, said University of Wisconsin astronomer Jim Lattis.

The next time a full moon comes as close to Earth will be in 2034.

Here we look at some pictures of the moon already sighted across the globe.

2_zkn_2_supermoon-exta Full moon sets behind the banking district in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. PHOTO: AFP

5_zkn_5_supermoon-exta A plane takes off from London's City Airport in front of the rising moon in London's Docklands. PHOTO: AFP

6_zkn_6_supermoon-exta A full moon is seen during the eve of the "supermoon" in the lower Manhattan in New York, US. PHOTO: REUTERS

7_zkn_7_supermoon-exta A full moon is seen over the Manhattan Bridge during the eve of the "supermoon" in New York, US. PHOTO: REUTERS

8_zkn_8_supermoon-exta The supermoon rises over the United States Capitol dome in Washington, US. PHOTO: REUTERS

9_zkn_9_supermoon-exta The supermoon is seen over the historical Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey. PHOTO: REUTERS

10_zkn_10_supermoon-exta The moon rises near Glastonbury Tor, a day before the "supermoon" spectacle, in Glastonbury, Britain. PHOTO: REUTERS

2_zkn_2_super-moon The moon rises with Syon House in the foreground, in west London. PHOTO: AFP

3_zkn_3_super-moon The moon rises behind a car on the The Emirates Air Line (cable car) in London's Docklands. PHOTO: AFP

5_zkn_5_super-moon The moon rises behind the Espa, a building in Madrid. PHOTO: AFP

4_zkn_4_super-moon The moon rises behind Canary Wharf in London. PHOTO: AFP

6_zkn_6_super-moon A super moon rises over the Statue of Freedom on the Capitol dome in Washington, DC. PHOTO: AFP

7_zkn_7_super-moon The "supermoon", the closest the moon comes to Earth since 1948, rises over La Raza monument, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. PHOTO: REUTERS

8_zkn_8_super-moon The full moon is seen in the night sky above Sydney, Australia. PHOTO: REUTERS

9_zkn_9_super-moon The supermoon rises over the Power and Light building in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, US. PHOTO: REUTERS

10_zkn_10_super-moon A couple watch the moon rise a day before the "supermoon" spectacle on Beacon Hill near Loughborough, Britain. PHOTO: REUTERS

11_zkn_11_super-moon A full moon rises behind a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin on the eve of the "supermoon" spectacle, Baikonur, Kazakhstan. PHOTO: REUTERS

12_zkn_12_super-moon People on a funfair ride are silhouetted against the moon a day before the "supermoon" spectacle, in London, Britain. PHOTO: REUTERS

1_zkn_1_supermoon-exta Full moon appears behind the Messeturm tower in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. PHOTO: AFP

13_zkn_13_super-moon The weathercock of the church of St.Peter and Paul is seen in front of a moon on the eve of the "supermoon" spectacle in the village of Klein-Auheim near Hanau, Germany. PHOTO: REUTERS

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