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‘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.”

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.

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

The so-called Supermoon, or perigee moon, rises behind the historic Mount Wilson Observatory on July 12, 2014 at Mount Wilson in the Angeles National Forest northeast of Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images).
The so-called Supermoon, or perigee moon, rises behind the historic Mount Wilson Observatory on July 12, 2014 at Mount Wilson in the Angeles National Forest northeast of Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images).
The 'supermoon' is seen rising above the Washington, DC skyline on July 12, 2014. The 'supermoon' occurs when the moon reaches the closest point to the earth. It is the first of three 'supermoons' to appear this summer. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images).
The 'supermoon' is seen rising above the Washington, DC skyline on July 12, 2014. The 'supermoon' occurs when the moon reaches the closest point to the earth. It is the first of three 'supermoons' to appear this summer. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images).
The so-called Supermoon, or perigee moon, rises behind a cloud near the landmark 73-story tall U.S. Bank Tower on July 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The perigree moon appears slightly brighter and larger on its closest orbits to the earth and will occur three times this year. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images).
The so-called Supermoon, or perigee moon, rises behind a cloud near the landmark 73-story tall U.S. Bank Tower on July 12, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The perigree moon appears slightly brighter and larger on its closest orbits to the earth and will occur three times this year. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images).
A supermoon rises over the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Mike Zacchino).
A supermoon rises over the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Mike Zacchino).
A supermoon rises over the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Mike Zacchino).
A supermoon rises over the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Mike Zacchino).
In this picture made available Sunday, July 13, 2014 the full moon rises above the castle of Somoskoujfalu, 123 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, late Saturday, July 12,2014. This phenomenon, is also called supermoon as the celestial body comes the closest to Earth therefore it seems brighter and bigger than an average full moon (AP Photo/MTI,Peter Komka).
In this picture made available Sunday, July 13, 2014 the full moon rises above the castle of Somoskoujfalu, 123 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, late Saturday, July 12,2014. This phenomenon, is also called supermoon as the celestial body comes the closest to Earth therefore it seems brighter and bigger than an average full moon (AP Photo/MTI,Peter Komka).
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A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises over a crescent of a minaret of grand Faisal mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed).
A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises over a crescent of a minaret of grand Faisal mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed).
A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises above a Chinese pavilion in Beijing, China, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan).
A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises above a Chinese pavilion in Beijing, China, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan).

On social media Twitter users posted pictures of the event: