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Supermoon dazzles Spanish sky gazers

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Supermoon dazzles Spanish sky gazers
Sunday's supermoon, seen in Madrid. Photo: The Local
10:23 CEST+02:00
Spain was greeted with the spectacular sight of a so-called supermoon on Sunday night.

People around Spain joined fellow sky gazers the world over on Sunday to enjoy the sight of a "supermoon" rising in the evening sky.

The moon has an elliptical orbit around the Earth, so that that its distance from the Earth is always different.

Every 14 months or so, however, the full moon coincides with the “perigee", or the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth.

On Sunday night, the moon was just 356,991 kilometres from the Earth.

Because of this proximity, our satellite looked 14 percent larger than usual and was also 30 percent brighter, La Vanguardia informed readers on Monday.

The next supermoon will take place in August 2014.

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