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30th August 2015, 01:44 PM
The first of three 'super moons' this year was visible overnight in some areas of the world where the sky was clear.

It happens because the moon's orbit around our planet is oval-shaped, making the moon appear bigger and brighter when it is closer to Earth.

The phenomenon was less than 223,000 miles away - one of its nearest approaches of the year.

The next super moons are due on 28 September and 27 October.

September's will be the largest, and will also feature a lunar eclipse. This will result in a 'blood super moon' - caused by it turning a rusty colour as the moon passes through the Earth's shadow