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A genuine "supermoon" lit up the skies across the world on Sunday as stargazers on Earth -- and above it -- enjoyed the Perseid meteor shower - one of the year's most dramatic lunar events. (Even without the Daily Mirror's 'aliens'.)

The moon appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal as it reached the point in its orbit closest to the Earth, known as "perigee". Dr Bill Cooke from the American space agency Nasa's Meteoroid Environment Office, said the luminous "supermoon" risked drowning out the meteor shower. He said: "Lunar glare wipes out the black-velvety backdrop required to see faint meteors, and sharply reduces counts." Dr Cooke added that the Perseids were also "rich in fireballs as bright as Jupiter or Venus" that would remain visible despite the moon's glare.

A study conducted by his team since 2008 has shown the Perseids to be the undisputed "fireball champion" of meteor showers. "We see more fireballs from Swift-Tuttle than any other parent comet," said Dr Cooke. Every 133 years, comet Swift-Tuttle swings through the inner Solar System leaving behind a trail of dust. When the Earth passes through, the dust cloud particles hit the atmosphere at 140,000 mph and burn up in streaking flashes of light, creating the spectacle known as the Perseids. The meteors will be visible until Wednesday, with activity peaking on Tuesday. An unusually bright full "supermoon" was also seen on July 12, and another is due to appear on September 9. Supermoons occur relatively often, every 13 months and 18 days, but are not always noticed because of clouds or poor weather.

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    Supermoon rises over Mt. Eden in Auckland
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    The supermoon rises over Tower Bridge
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    A "supermoon", seen from near Harthill in Scotland.
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    A woman watches the super moon rising in the sky, in front of the Apollo's temple at ancient Corinth, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Athens, on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    The full moon, nicknamed 'the supermoon', rises at Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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    The moon appears behind a cross on the unfinished Serbian Orthodox church Christ the Saviour Cathedral, in Kosovo capital Pristina, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    A perigee moon, also known as a super moon, raises over high rise buildings in Hong Kong Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    The full moon peeks through trees in a wood near Rasing, Austria, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    A view of the 'supermoon', or perigee moon, rising behind The Shard building in London.
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    A view of the 'supermoon', or perigee moon, rising behind The Shard building in London.
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    An LAX bound passenger airplane drops the wheels as it crosses the moon two days before the Full Moon and Super Moon passing over Whittier, CA., on its final approach to the Los Angeles Airport
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    The moon is seen as it rises over a statue by Harriet A. Ketcham titled "Victory" in the statehouse complex in Des Moines, Iowa
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    The supermoon is seen as it rises through the clouds behind the bronze Statue of Freedom by Thomas Crawford atop the U.S. Capitol
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    A supermoon hovers over New York City on August 10, 2014 in Weehawken, New Jersey.
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    A supermoon rises above the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial on August 10, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Tonight's supermoon, or perigee moon referring to its closest point to earth, is the second one of the summer.
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    A supermoon rises behind the light on top of the Luxor Hotel and Casino on August 10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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    A view of the 'supermoon' seen from south London.
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    A view of the 'supermoon' seen from south London.
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    Ashleigh Richardson takes a picture on her mobile phone of the 'supermoon' in south London.
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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.
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    A perigee moon, also known as a super moon, raises over the shoreline in Roseto degli Abruzzi, Italy, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    A woman watches the super moon rising in the sky at the Kalemegdan citadel in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    An aircraft flies past the moon as it appears above the Colosseum, in Rome, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    The moon appears above the Colosseum and the ancient Santa Francesca Romana Basilica belltower, in Rome, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    A super moon raises over Fiskeback harbor outside of the Gothenburg, Sweden, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    The moon appears behind a Spanish fighting bull in Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
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    A perigee moon, also known as a super moon, raises over high-rise buildings in Hong Kong Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    The super moon rises over a Chinese words reads "China construction" in Beijing, China Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    A perigee moon, also known as a super moon, raises over a bridge in Hong Kong Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    A perigee moon, also known as a super moon, raises over a bridge in Hong Kong Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    A perigee moon, also known as a super moon, is seen near a bridge in Hong Kong Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    The super moon rises over the Chinese calligraphy on a sign that reads "Beijing" in Beijing, China, Sunday, August 10, 2014.
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    The moon appears above the ancient Temple of Poseidon as visitors watch it in Cape Sounio, about 68km (42miles) south of Athens, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    The moon appears above the ancient Temple of Poseidon as visitors watch it in Cape Sounio, about 68kms (42miles) south of Athens, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    The super moon rises in the sky in front of the Apollo's temple at ancient Corinth, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of Athens, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    The super moon rises in the sky in front of a monument "The Victor", a distinctive symbol of Belgrade, marking victory in WWI, at the Kalemegdan citadel in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    The moon appears behind a cross on the unfinished Serbian Orthodox church Christ the Saviour Cathedral, in Kosovo capital Pristina, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    The moon appears above the Colosseum and the ancient Roman Forum, in Rome, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    A supermoon appears behind the Angel of Peace sculpture, in London, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    People take photos as a perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises above in Skopje, Macedonia, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
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    A super moon raises over Fiskeback harbor with sailing boats, outside of the Gothenburg, Sweden, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.

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