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'Supermoon' to rise over Sweden

Published söndag 23 juni 2013 kl 16.36

Look up in the sky tonight and you may spot a giant, bright 'supermoon', a phenomenon which will not reappear until August 2014.

A so-called supermoon occurs when the moon is at its closest distance to Earth, but it is of course not bigger than usual.

Instead, the giant size is an optical illusion. Because it is closer to Earth than normal it also looks like the full moon is about one tenth larger and much brighter than usual.

The supermoon appeared in Sweden midday Sunday but is not visible until late at night.

Since clear skies are expected in most parts of the country, chances of getting a good view of the lunar wonder are high.

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