Supermoon lluminates world's skies

Supermoon lluminates world's skies

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The full moon descends behind the Nossa Senhora da Penha Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 10, 2014. In this time of the year the orb is at the closest point to the earth. Experts name this phenomenon the supermoon or perigee. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Posted on August 11, 2014 at 11:43 AM

(AP) -- People around the world this weekend looked up at the sky to view a lunar phenomenon: the supermoon.

Known to scientists as a perigee moon, Earth's neighbor appears at its largest and brightest compared to other full moons when it orbits closer to our planet. It can even be seen during the daytime.

A supermoon will happen three times this year, with Sunday night's sky show the second. The first one occurred on July 12 and the third will take place on Sept. 9.

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