PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The moon put on a show for sky gazers worldwide.
The phenomenon known as the supermoon occurs because the moon follows an elliptical orbit around the Earth. This week, the moon is coming closer to the Earth than at any time since January 1948.
The supermoon appears about 14% larger in diameter and about 30% brighter than when it’s at its farthest distance from the Earth. The moon reached its peak luminescence in North America before dawn Monday. Its zenith in Asia and the South Pacific was Monday night. Across the international dateline in New Zealand, it was to reach its brightest after midnight Tuesday local time.
Here’s a look at the supermoon from around the world: