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AP PHOTOS: Lunar show illuminates world’s skies

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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

AP Photo/Ronald Zak
The full moon peeks through trees in a wood near Rasing, Austria on Sunday. 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/Gerald Herbert In this aerial photo, the moon peeks through clouds over Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday. 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/Petros Giannakouris People watch the super moon rising in the sky in front of the Apollo’s temple at ancient Corinth about 50 miles southwest of Athens, on Sunday. 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/Manu Fernandez The moon appears behind a Spanish fighting bull in Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain. 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/Andres Kudacki A girl plays with a dog as a perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises in Madrid on Sunday. 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/Andy Wong The super moon rises over a Chinese words reads “China construction” in Beijing, China on Sunday. 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/Julio Cortez People watch a laser and light show on the Crazy Horse Memorial, left, under a supermoon, on Sunday in Custer, S.D. 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.

People around the world this weekend looked up at the sky to view a lunar phenomenon: the supermoon.

Known to scientists as a pedigree moon, Earth’s neighbor appears at its largest and brightest compared to other full moons when it orbits closer to our planet. It can even be seen during the daytime.

A supermoon will happen three times this year, with Sunday night’s sky show the second. The first one occurred on July 12 and the third will take place on Sept. 9.


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