'Supermoon' is star of celestial show as Earth's neighbour moves near

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 July, 2014, 10:49am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 July, 2014, 11:02am
 

The moon was the star of the show around the world last night as an illusion caused by its position in the sky made it look unusually large.

Amateur and professional photographers alike stepped out to snap the perigee moon, also known as a ‘supermoon’, around the globe.

When our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth, full moons appear to be unusually large. The distance between us and the moon varies because our satellite follows an elliptical orbit.

Crowds of tourists in Kowloon awaiting Hong Kong’s nightly Victoria Harbour lightshow turned their attention to the moon as it rose over Hong Kong Island, appearing unusually bright.

Two other supermoons will come later this summer, on August 10 - when the moon is at its closet orbit to Earth - and September 9.

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