First of three 'supermoons' lights up the sky

The "supermoon" rises over houses in Olvera, Spain.
The "supermoon" rises over houses in Olvera, Spain. Credit: Reuters

The first of three anticipated "supermoons" was seen around the world last night.

A super moon is seen next to Tokyo Sky Tree, the world's tallest broadcasting tower.
The "perigree moon" is seen next to Tokyo Sky Tree, the world's tallest broadcasting tower. Credit: Reuters

The "perigree moon" phenomenon - which occurs when the moon reaches the closest point on its elliptical orbit - makes the satellite appear larger and brighter than usual.

A moon is seen over the neighbourhood of Vasco da Gama in Brazil.
A moon is seen over the neighbourhood of Vasco da Gama in Brazil. Credit: Reuters

It is the first of three anticipated in as many months - with the others expected on 10 August and 9 September.

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