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Photo gallery: Largest full moon in nearly seven decades

A rising "supermoon" is seen through the Propylaea, the ancient Acropolis hill gateway, in Athens, Greece.
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Sky-watchers yesterday enjoyed the "supermoon", the largest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades.

The large moon, which astronomers said was closer to Earth than at any time since 1948, was seen in several cities around the world.

The full moon appears up to 14 percent bigger, and 30 percent brighter, tan usual,h NASA says.

At its closest approach at 6:23 a.m. EST (1123 GMT) on Monday, the moon will pass within 216,486 miles (348,400 km) of the Earth's surface, about 22,000 miles (35,400 km) closer than average, the agency added.

The moon's distance from Earth varies because it is in an egg-shaped, not circular, orbit around the planet.

The next opportunity to see a full moon come as close to Earth will be in 2034.

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