The biggest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades is lighting up the night sky across the world this week. The phenomenon known as the supermoon is a result of the Moon's elliptical orbit; it will be closer to the Earth than at any time since January 1948.

At its closest approach, the Moon will pass within 216,486 miles (348,400km) of the Earth, which is about 22,000 miles (35,400km) closer than average. This supermoon is about 14 per cent larger in diameter and about 30 percent brighter than when it's at its furthest from the Earth.

IBTimes UK presents supermoon sightings from around the world. If you take any photos of the phenomenon, send them to pictures@ibtimes.co.uk.

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The Moon rises behind a car on the The Emirates Air Line (cable car) in London's DocklandsGlyn Kirk/AFP
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People on a funfair ride in London are silhouetted against the MoonNeil Hall/Reuters
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A pod of the London Eye is silhouetted against the MoonToby Melville/Reuters
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The Moon rises behind Canary Wharf in LondonJustin Tallis/AFP
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A commercial jet flies in front of the Moon on its approach to Heathrow airport in west LondonAdrian Dennis/AFP
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The Moon rises near Glastonbury Tor, SomersetRebecca Naden/Reuters
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The Moon is seen behind the Quadriga statue on top of Brandenburg Gate in BerlinRalf Hirschberger/AFP
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The weathercock of the church of St Peter and Paul in the village of Klein-Auheim near Hanau, Germany, is seen in front of the MoonKai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
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The supermoon appears behind the Messeturm tower in Frankfurt am Main, western GermanyFrank Rumpenhorst/AFP
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A man stands on a balcony of a building in Madrid as the Moon risesGerard Julien/AFP
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The Moon is pictured over a statue of the first Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin at the Baikonur cosmodrome in KazakhstanKirill Kudryavtsev/AFP
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The supermoon is seen rising behind the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Baikonur, KazakhstanBill Ingalls/Nasa/Getty Images
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The Moon rises over La Raza monument, in Ciudad Juarez, MexicoJose Luis Gonzales/Reuters
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The supermoon sets behind the Chrysler Building in New YorkLucas Jackson/Reuters
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The Supermoon goes down behind the spire of the Empire State Building in New YorkDon Emmert/AFP
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The Moon rises over the Power and Light building in Kansas City, Missouri, USDave Kaup/Reuters
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The Moon rises over the Statue of Freedom on the Capitol dome in Washington, DCAndrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP
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The supermoon is seen rising beyond a ferris wheel in Hong KongAnthony Wallace/AFP
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The supermoon rises behind small sculptures on the roof of a tower in the Forbidden City in BeijingNicolas Asfouri/AFP
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A supermoon rises behind the skyline of BeijingGreg Baker/AFP
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A bird is silhouetted against the supermoon in Kathmandu, NepalNavesh Chitrakar/Reuters
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The supermoon is seen behind a building in ShanghaiAly Song/Reuters
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A tree is silhouetted against the supermoon over Heho, Myanmar's Shan stateYe Aung Thu/AFP
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Participants in a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb walk across the western span of the famous Australian landmark as the supermoon rises after sunsetJason Reed/Reuters

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