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SUPER MOON RISES

BBC

A “supermoon” has

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graced the skies, appearing bigger and brighter than usual, as it comes closer to the Earth – and is likely to bring higher tides.

The phenomenon, known as a perigee full moon, means the Moon appears up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is furthest from the planet.

The optimum effect was seen – cloud permitting – at 04:30 BST (03:30 GMT).

The Royal Astronomical Society’s Dr Robert Massey said the Moon’s size may be more obvious than its brightness.

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