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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The Moon rises behind a car on the The Emirates Air Line (cable car) in London's Docklands Glyn Kirk/AFP People on a funfair ride in London are silhouetted against the Moon Neil Hall/Reuters A pod of the London Eye is silhouetted against the Moon Toby Melville/Reuters The Moon rises behind Canary Wharf in London Justin Tallis/AFP A commercial jet flies in front of the Moon on its approach to Heathrow airport in west London Adrian Dennis/AFP The Moon rises near Glastonbury Tor, Somerset Rebecca Naden/Reuters The Moon is seen behind the Quadriga statue on top of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin Ralf Hirschberger/AFP 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 Moon Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters The supermoon appears behind the Messeturm tower in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany Frank Rumpenhorst/AFP A man stands on a balcony of a building in Madrid as the Moon rises Gerard Julien/AFP The Moon is pictured over a statue of the first Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP The supermoon is seen rising behind the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Bill Ingalls/Nasa/Getty Images The Moon rises over La Raza monument, in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Jose Luis Gonzales/Reuters The supermoon sets behind the Chrysler Building in New York Lucas Jackson/Reuters The Supermoon goes down behind the spire of the Empire State Building in New York Don Emmert/AFP The Moon rises over the Power and Light building in Kansas City, Missouri, US Dave Kaup/Reuters The Moon rises over the Statue of Freedom on the Capitol dome in Washington, DC Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP The supermoon is seen rising beyond a ferris wheel in Hong Kong Anthony Wallace/AFP The supermoon rises behind small sculptures on the roof of a tower in the Forbidden City in Beijing Nicolas Asfouri/AFP A supermoon rises behind the skyline of Beijing Greg Baker/AFP A bird is silhouetted against the supermoon in Kathmandu, Nepal Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters The supermoon is seen behind a building in Shanghai Aly Song/Reuters A tree is silhouetted against the supermoon over Heho, Myanmar's Shan state Ye Aung Thu/AFP Participants in a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb walk across the western span of the famous Australian landmark as the supermoon rises after sunset Jason Reed/Reuters More from IBTimes UK