July 13, 2014 10:38 am

‘Supermoon’ lights up sky during close passage to Earth

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TORONTO – The full moon on Saturday appeared to be bigger, and brighter than normal in what has become known as the “supermoon” effect.

The nickname is given to full moons that occur when the moon is at its closest point in orbit around the earth. Scientists call them “perigee moons.”

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Photographers around the world captured images of last night’s “supermoon.” And although it may appear bigger than usual, noticing the size difference is actually difficult.

The appearance of a larger moon is caused by an illusion where the observer is viewing the moon on the horizon.

Two more supermoons are being predicted this summer for Aug. 10 and Sept. 9.

Below are images of Saturday’s celestial event from around the world:

On social media Twitter users posted pictures of the event:

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