Bigger and brighter ‘super moon’ lights up night sky – in pictures

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We round up some of the best images of the ‘super moon’ – an annual event when the moon’s elliptical orbit brings it closer to Earth.

A so-called super moon, caused when a perigee moon coincides with a full moon, is visible over Mexico City. NASA scientists say it appears about 14% larger and 30% brighter than a regular full moon (Photograph: Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images)

New York: People ride the Luna Park swing ride as the super moon rises above Coney Island (Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

Maryland, US: A woman and her dog run on the beach as the super moon looms over Chesapeake Bay (Photograph: Ken Cedeno/Corbis)

Kiev, Ukraine: The moon rises behind clouds (Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA)

Norco, Louisiana: The super moon is seen setting beyond a petrochemical refinery (Photograph: Gerald Herbert/AP)

Rotterdam, Netherlands: The moon appears bright in the night’s sky (Photograph: Robin Utrecht/Xinhua Press/Corbis)

Fort Worth, Texas: The super moon creates silhouettes of the leaves of a cottonwood tree (Photograph: Ralph Lauer/ Ralph Lauer/ZUMA Press/Corbis)

New York: The super moon sets behind the Statue of Liberty (Photograph: Julio Cortez/AP)

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