There is nothing more captivating than the site of a bright full moon,

Last night our skies were illuminated with a much bigger and brighter moon otherwise known as a supermoon, which occurs when it is closest to the earth during its elliptical orbit.

If you didn't get a chance to see this wondrous phenomenon due to cloudy conditions fear not - here are some amazing images captured from around the world.

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Johnny Horne captured this brilliant image of the moon in all its glory through an amateur astronomer's 5-inch refractor telescope near Stedman N.C.


Supermoon 2013 in pictures...See gallery below best viewed in fullscreen

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  • Singpapore's Struggle With Haze Pollution Persists

    SINGAPORE - JUNE 23: A plane passes in front of the haze obscured ' Supermoon' over Singapore on June 23, 2013 in Singapore. The haze eased Sunday with PSI levels stable in the 'moderate' range after a week of record highs. Singapore officials announced they would pursue any local companies found to be involved in the forest fires in Indonesia. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

  • A supermoon sets near the Statue of Liberty, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in New York. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth and is 13.5 percent larger than usual. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • A supermoon sets near the Statue of Liberty, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in New York. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth and is 13.5 percent larger than usual. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Super Moon, Minarets

    A full super moon sets behind the top of one of the minarets at the University of Tampa Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    A closer, brighter full moon dubbed a "supermoon" is shown around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, June 23, 2013 in this picture made through an amateur astronomer's 5-inch refractor telescope, near Stedman, N.C. (AP Photo/The Fayetteville Observer, Johnny Horne)

  • A early morning sun rises in Hinds County, Miss., near Jackson, Miss., Sunday, June 23, 2013. However, most public interest is still about the moon, which will reach its full stage Sunday, and is expected to be significantly closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • The larger-than-normal full moon referred to as Supermoon is seen setting beyond a tree near fishing camps in Akers, La., Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • A full moon sets by the exterior of the state Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Sunday morning, June 23, 2013. The moon, which will reach its full stage Sunday, is expected to be significantly closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • The larger-than-normal full moon referred to as Supermoon is seen setting beyond a refinery in Norco, La., Sunday, June 23, 2013. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth and is 13.5 percent larger than usual. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • The larger-than-normal full moon referred to as Supermoon is seen setting beyond fishing camps in Akers, La., Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • The larger-than-normal full moon referred to as Supermoon is seen setting beyond a refinery in Norco, La., Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

  • Super Moon, Minarets

    A super moon sets behind the top of one of the minarets at the University of Tampa Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth and is 13.5 percent larger than usual. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • With a plane approaching Newark Airport, a supermoon sets behind a cloud and the Statue of Liberty, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in New York. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth and is 13.5 percent larger than usual. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • A supermoon sets over the Statue of Liberty, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in New York. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth and is 13.5 percent larger than usual. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • A full moon rises over Jackson, Miss., Saturday, June 22, 2013. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be significantly closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  • A full moon rises through a hazy sky past a string of green lights, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Baltimore. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • A full moon rises through a hazy sky over street lamps, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Baltimore. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • The moon is seen in its waxing gibbous stage as it rises over Lower Manhattan, including One World Trade Center, center, seen from The Heights neighborhood of Jersey City, N.J., Saturday, June 22, 2013. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be seen 13.5 percent larger than usual during a phenomenon known as supermoon. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • A full moon rises over Miami, Saturday, June 22, 2013. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • The moon rises behind the Tennessee state capitol on Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year, called a supermoon, happens as the moon passes closer to earth than usual. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • Singpapore's Struggle With Haze Pollution Persists

    SINGAPORE - JUNE 23: A plane passes in front of the haze obscured ' Supermoon' over Singapore on June 23, 2013 in Singapore. The haze eased Sunday with PSI levels stable in the 'moderate' range after a week of record highs. Singapore officials announced they would pursue any local companies found to be involved in the forest fires in Indonesia. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

  • The moon rises behind power lines on Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year, called a supermoon, happens as the moon passes closer to earth than usual. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

  • A full moon rises beyond a Latter-day Saints temple Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • A "supermoon" rises behind the Home Place clock tower in Prattville, Ala., Saturday, June 22, 2013. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year graces the sky early Sunday as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth than usual. While the moon will appear 14 percent larger than normal, sky watchers won't be able to notice the difference with the naked eye. Still, astronomers say it's worth looking up and appreciating the cosmos. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • A "supermoon" rises behind the Home Place clock tower in Prattville, Ala., Saturday, June 22, 2013. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year graces the sky early Sunday as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth than usual. While the moon will appear 14 percent larger than normal, sky watchers won't be able to notice the difference with the naked eye. Still, astronomers say it's worth looking up and appreciating the cosmos. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • A full moon rises beyond a Latter-day Saints temple Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • A statue of the Angel Moroni on top a Latter-day Saints temple is silhouetted against the rising moon Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • A full moon rises beside an office building in downtown Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, June 22, 2013. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • A full moon rises beside the Bank of America corporate headquarters in downtown Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, June 22, 2013. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth.(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

  • A "supermoon" rises behind roadside plants growing in Prattville, Ala., Saturday, June 22, 2013. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year graces the sky early Sunday as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth than usual. While the moon will appear 14 percent larger than normal, sky watchers won't be able to notice the difference with the naked eye. Still, astronomers say it's worth looking up and appreciating the cosmos. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • A "supermoon" rises behind the Home Place clock tower in Prattville, Ala., Saturday, June 22, 2013. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year graces the sky early Sunday as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth than usual. While the moon will appear 14 percent larger than normal, sky watchers won't be able to notice the difference with the naked eye. Still, astronomers say it's worth looking up and appreciating the cosmos. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

  • A full moon rises behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington Saturday, June 22, 2013. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

  • A full moon rises behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington Saturday, June 22, 2013. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

  • A full moon rises behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington Saturday, June 22, 2013. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

  • A full moon rises through a hazy sky over street lamps, Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Baltimore. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • The moon in its waxing gibbous stage sh behind tree limbs and a statue a marble statue by John Gelert representing history and law on the top of the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack, N.J., Friday, June 21, 2013. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • The moon in its waxing gibbous stage is shines behind a statue entitled "Enlightenment Giving Power" by John Gelert, which sits at the top of the dome of the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack, N.J., Friday, June 21, 2013. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • A supermoon rises behind a building of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. The "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • People look at the biggest and brightest full moon of the year rise at a public garden in Lisbon, Portugal Sunday, June 23 2013. The so-called supermoon appeared up to 14 percent larger than normal as it swung closer to Earth Sunday. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

  • The biggest and brightest full moon of the year rises over Lisbon, Portugal Sunday, June 23, 2013. The so-called supermoon appeared up to 14 percent larger than normal as it swung closer to Earth Sunday. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

  • A couple hugs at a Lisbon public garden as the biggest and brightest full moon of the year rises behind them Sunday, June 23 2013. The so-called supermoon appeared up to 14 percent larger than normal as it swung closer to Earth Sunday. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

  • A statue of ancient Greek Goddess "Athena" is silhouetted against a "Supermoon" in Athens, on Sunday, June 23, 2013. The phenomenon occurs when the moon passes closer to Earth than usual. The event made the moon appear 14 percent larger than normal, but the difference is so small that most skywatchers won’t notice. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

  • A statue of ancient Greek Goddess "Athena" is silhouetted against a "Supermoon" in Athens, on Sunday, June 23, 2013. The phenomenon occurs when the moon passes closer to Earth than usual. The event made the moon appear 14 percent larger than normal, but the difference is so small that most skywatchers won’t notice. (AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis)

  • A supermoon is seen behind a tree in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. The "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • A supermoon rises behind the minaret of the Ahi Celebi Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. The "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • A supermoon rises behind a building of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. The "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

  • A Supermoon rises through a clear sky past a string of yellow and green lights, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. The "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth.(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • A Supermoon, right, rises through a clear sky past a green light hanging a boat, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, June 23, 2013. The moon, which will reach its full stage on Sunday, is expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth during a phenomenon known as supermoon. The "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • SUPERMOON

    A "supermoon" rises over Table Rock and the lighted cross near Boise, Idaho, Saturday night, June 22, 2013. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year as the moon on its elliptical orbit is at its closest point to earth and appears 13.5 percent larger than usual. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green) LOCAL TV OUT (KTVB 7)


Keen moon watchers took to Twitter to share their snaps of the extraordinary lunar event