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Supermoon lights up the sky

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year has been caught on camera around the world. The so-called supermoon appeared up to 14% larger than normal as it swung closer to Earth.

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'Supermoon' to light up the skies in the early hours

A "supermoon" will grace the skies this weekend, with the satellite expected to appear in its biggest and brightest form this year.

The phenomenon, known as a perigee full moon, occurs when the Moon reaches its closest point to Earth.

The Perigee ot 'supermoon' can be seen around 4am. Credit: Biloxi Sun-Herald/ABACA/Press Association Images

At this time it can appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is farthest from the planet, experts said.

The Moon is expected to appear at its best in the UK in the early hours of tomorrow morning, at around 4am, Dr Robert Massey, of the Royal Astronomical Society, said.

UK skywatchers will then miss the Moon when it hits perigee, the point in its orbit when it is closest to Earth, which is expected at about midday on Sunday.

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