'Supermoon' Dominates Sunday Night Skyline Around The World (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: 07/05/2012 10:43 Updated: 08/05/2012 10:04

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The supermoon as seen behind the Christ the Redeemer statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sunday night's sky was dominated worldwide by a so-called 'supermoon', prompting photographers everywhere to take some amazing snaps of the lunar phenomenon.

The so-called 'supermoon' occurs when the Moon is at its closest to the Earth on its elliptical orbit. Technically named a perigree full moon, the Moon appeared roughly 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when at its furthest point from the Earth, according to NASA.

As a result of the phenomenon, photographers across the world, from Jordan to California, were out to take pictures of the moon.

Best seen at 4.30am on Monday, Nasa also said that the moon is given an extra appearance of being larger when seen through trees or other objects: "For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects.

"On 5 May, this Moon illusion will amplify a full Moon that's extra-big to begin with. The swollen orb rising in the east at sunset should seem super indeed."

Although the moon's position will affect tidal levels, or "perigean tides", across the world NASA claimed that it would only be a few inches at most, "not exactly a great flood."

See below for our selection of the best supermoon snaps...

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    New York, USA

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    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, south east of Athens, Greece

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    Harthill, Scotland

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    Harthill, Scotland.

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    Harthill, Scotland

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    Above the Shard, London

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    Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA

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    Palm Springs, California, USA

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    Palm Springs, California, USA

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    Mexico City, Mexico

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    Palm Springs, California, USA

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    Palm Springs, California

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    Palm Springs, California, USA

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    Los Angeles, California, USA

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    Los Angeles, California, USA

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    Los Angeles, California, USA

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    Behind a Statue of Liberty replica, Pristina, Kosovo

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    Near Bal Harbour, Florida, USA

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    Novogrudok, Belarus

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    Wichita, Kansas, USA

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    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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    Edinburgh, Scotland

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