'Supermoon' lights up sky around the world

  • 14 November 2016
  • From the section World

The moon has come closer to Earth than at any other time since 1948. Sky gazers around the world are congregating near landmarks, on beaches and atop tall buildings to take a look.

The "supermoon" reached its brightest in Asia on Monday evening.

The Moon was closest - only 221,524 miles (356,509km) away - at 11:21 GMT.

The moon rises over an upper portion of the Boudha stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal, 14 November 2016 Image copyright EPA
Image caption The supermoon is seen here above the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal
A jet plane flies across the moon seen from Beijing, China, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 Image copyright AP
Image caption A plane flies across the moon - seen from Beijing, China
Cambodian people watch as the "supermoon" rises over the Mekong river in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on November 14, 2016 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Cambodians gather on the riverside near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh

The moon orbits the Earth in an ellipse, not a circle, so it is sometimes closer to the Earth than it is at other times.

When the perigee - the closest approach - and the full moon coincide, it is known as a supermoon.

This supermoon was best seen in North America early on Monday, before dawn. The UK's best chance to see it will be on Monday evening.

Supermoons appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter when compared with the furthest point the Moon gets to within its orbit.

The Moon, or supermoon, rising behind the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft at the launch pad at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan 14 November 2016 Image copyright EPA
Image caption The moon rises behind a Soyuz MS spacecraft at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
Onlookers gathered at Bondi Beach in Australia in the hope of catching a first glimpse of the supermoon
Image caption Crowds gathered at Bondi Beach in Sydney were left disappointed when thick clouds obscured their view of the moon
The supermoon appears near the Statue of Liberty, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in New Yor Image copyright AFP
Image caption North Americans have already had the chance to see the moon at its most luminescent

The moon will not be this close again until 25 November 2034 - when it will be even closer, within 221,485 miles.

Those hoping to get a good picture are advised to take a photo of the moon with a reference point, like a landmark, in frame.

If you're using a digital SLR - use a daylight white balance setting to capture moonlight, Nasa photographer Bill Ingalls advises.

Media caption'Supermoon' views from around the world
An Indian man rides a horse past people watching the "supermoon" rise at Marina Beach in Chennai on November 14,2016 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Beachgoers watch the moon rise in Chennai, India
Waves break over the Kalk Bay Harbour wall in Cape Town, South Africa, 14 November 2061. The effect of the supermoon with massive tidal range has combined with a gale force wind and big swell to create this extreme weather phenomenon. Image copyright EPA
Image caption Supermoons bring stronger and higher tides than usual. In Cape Town, South Africa, that effect has combined with gale force winds
The moon rises over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 Image copyright AP
Image caption The moon rises over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong

Images from agencies and BBC

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