Photos: Supermoon puts on a show around the world

The brightest moon in almost 69 years lit up the sky early Monday morning

The moon rises over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. The brightest moon in almost 69 years lights up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe. The phenomenon is known as the supermoon. The tall building is the International Commerce Centre. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
The moon rises over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. The brightest moon in almost 69 years lights up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe. The phenomenon is known as the supermoon. The tall building is the International Commerce Centre. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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: