A supermoon is seen near a statue of Jesus Christ in Havana, Cuba on 14 November 2016. (Photo: Reuters)
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In Photos: Supermoon Brilliance Captured Around the World

On Monday, Earth got to see the moon in its full glory. The sight was of the biggest and brightest ‘supermoon’ since 1948. Star watchers and photographers stood atop skyscrapers, went out to beaches, walked out on city squares and open spaces to capture the supermoon with their eyes and lens alike.

These pictures from photographers around the world will leave you in awe.

Evergreen trees are silhouetted on the mountain top as a supermoon rises over the Dark Sky Community of Summit Sky Ranch in Silverthorne, Colorado, United States. (Photo: AP)
Evergreen trees are silhouetted on the mountain top as a supermoon rises over the Dark Sky Community of Summit Sky Ranch in Silverthorne, Colorado, United States. (Photo: AP)

The phenomenon known as the supermoon reached its peak luminescence in North America before dawn on Monday. Its zenith in Asia and the South Pacific was Monday night.

A supermoon is seen near a statue of Jesus Christ in Havana, Cuba on 14 November 2016. (Photo: Reuters)
A supermoon is seen near a statue of Jesus Christ in Havana, Cuba on 14 November 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

The moon will be at its brightest this week because it is coming closer to the Earth along its elliptical orbit than at any time since January 1948.

The moon is partly covered by clouds as it rises behind the pegasus statue on top of the old opera house in downtown Frankfurt, Germany. (Photo: Reuters)
The moon is partly covered by clouds as it rises behind the pegasus statue on top of the old opera house in downtown Frankfurt, Germany. (Photo: Reuters)

According to the astronomy website earthsky.org, the term supermoon entered usage five years ago when the closest full moon fell on 19 March 2011. The scientific term is perigee full moon.

The supermoon rises over a sailboat in Fuengirola on Spain’s Costa del Sol. (Photo: Reuters)
The supermoon rises over a sailboat in Fuengirola on Spain’s Costa del Sol. (Photo: Reuters)
The rising supermoon is seen behind a statue on top of the Natural History Museum in Vienna, Austria. (Photo: Reuters)
The rising supermoon is seen behind a statue on top of the Natural History Museum in Vienna, Austria. (Photo: Reuters)
The supermoon is seen behind a ginkgo tree in Beijing, China. (Photo: Reuters)
The supermoon is seen behind a ginkgo tree in Beijing, China. (Photo: Reuters)
The supermoon rises behind one of the seven statues by spanish artist Jaume Plensa on Massena square in Nice, France. (Photo: Reuters)
The supermoon rises behind one of the seven statues by spanish artist Jaume Plensa on Massena square in Nice, France. (Photo: Reuters)
A full moon is seen over the Manhattan Bridge during the eve of the “supermoon” in New York, US. (Photo: Reuters)
A full moon is seen over the Manhattan Bridge during the eve of the “supermoon” in New York, US. (Photo: Reuters)
The moon rises over the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo: AP)
The moon rises over the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo: AP)
 A “supermoon” is seen over Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo: IANS)
A “supermoon” is seen over Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo: IANS)
The moon rises over the Las Vegas Strip, United States, as seen from the west hills on Monday. (Photo: AP)
The moon rises over the Las Vegas Strip, United States, as seen from the west hills on Monday. (Photo: AP)
The moon sets behind a Lebanese man playing beach volleyball with his friends on the seafront promenade in Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo: AP)
The moon sets behind a Lebanese man playing beach volleyball with his friends on the seafront promenade in Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo: AP)
The supermoon appears beside Christmas lights in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: AP)
The supermoon appears beside Christmas lights in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: AP)

The moon was about 14 percent larger in diameter and about 30 percent brighter than when it's at its furthest distance from the earth. It won't be as big and bright again for another 18 years.

(With inputs from AP and Reuters.)