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Brighter 'supermoon' graces the night sky

A "supermoon" has graced the skies, appearing bigger and brighter than usual, as it comes closer to the Earth - and is likely to bring higher tides.

The phenomenon, known as a perigee full moon, means the Moon appears up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is furthest from the planet.

The optimum effect was seen - cloud permitting - at 04:30 BST (03:30 GMT).

Ben Ando reports.

  • 06 May 2012