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November 28, 2016
Skygazers gawp at extra bright 'supermoon'
Jakarta (AFP) Nov 14, 2016
Skygazers took to high-rise buildings, observatories and beaches Monday to get a glimpse of the closest "supermoon" to Earth in almost seven decades, and snap dramatic pictures. The unusually big and bright moon appeared at its most impressive as night fell over Asia, but astronomy enthusiasts will be able to see Earth's satellite loom large anywhere in the world shortly after sunset. The phenomenon happens when the moon is full at the same time as, or very near, perigee - its closest point to ... read more

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