The full moon appeared to be bigger and brighter than normal last night, thanks to a phenomenom known as a "supermoon". This occurs when the moon is closer to Earth than normal, thanks to its elliptical orbit.
Photographers around the world – and in space – captured dramatic photos of the supermoon. In this gallery,
IBTimesUK publishes some of the best.
Oleg Artemyev, a Russian cosmonaut on the International Space Station, tweeted a series of images of the moon slowly disappearing behind the Earth, in what he called a "moonset". Oleg Artemyev/Roscosmos Fireworks explode in front of the supermoon as the town of Mosta in Malta celebrates the feast of its patron saint Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters A huge new star seems to appear in the sky near the supermoon, but it's just the fireworks in Malta again. Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters A two-headed eagle, the national symbol of Russia, is seen in front of the supermoon as it rises over the towers of the Historical Museum in Moscow Maxim Shemeto/Reuters The supermoon rises above the US Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia Win McNamee/Getty The supermoon rises over Tower Bridge in London. Paul Hackett/Reuters The supermoon rises over the skyline of New York, as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey Eduardo Munoz/Reuters A perigree full moon, or supermoon, is seen over the The Peace Monument on the grounds of the United States Capitol in Washington DC. Bill Ingalls/NASA The statue of a man and a boy, a monument dedicated to forest rangers, is silhouetted against the supermoon as it rises at the Sierra de las Nieves nature reserve in southern Spain Jon Nazca/Reuters A tree in Brasilia is silhouetted against the rising supermoon. Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters The supermoon is seen over Havana, Cuba. Enrique De La Osa/Reuters The supermoon rises behind the roof of the Sydney Opera House in Australia. David Gray/Reuters The full moon descends behind the Nossa Senhora da Penha Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Yasoyushi Chiba/AFP The supermoon rises at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Yasoyushi Chiba/AFP The supermoon is seen behind a ferris wheel in Tokyo, Japan. Toru Hanai/Reuters The supermoon rises behind Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, South Korea. Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters