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Supermoon dazzles across Pakistan, globe

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Skygazers took to high-rise buildings, observatories and beaches Monday to get a glimpse of the closest “supermoon” to Earth in almost seven decadeand snap dramatic pictures.

The unusually big and bright moon appeared at its most impressive just as night fell over Asia, but astronomy enthusiasts will be able to see Earth’s satellite loom large anywhere in the world shortly after sunset, weather permitting.

The phenomenon happens when the moon is full at the same time as, or very near, perigee — its closest point to Earth on an elliptical, monthly orbit.

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The “supermoon” rises over the mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah in Karachi on November 14, 2016.

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The “supermoon” rises behind the St Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi on November 14, 2016.

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It was the closest to Earth since 1948 at a distance of 356,509 kilometres (221,524 miles), creating what NASA described as “an extra-supermoon“.

Skygazers and photographers headed to the best viewing spots in Asia, where the phenomenon was visible first, hoping that cloudy skies and the perennial pollution that blights many of the region’s cities would not spoil the fun.

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PICTURES FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE

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A “supermoon” is seen past the dome of the Malaysian Prime Minister’s Office complex in Putrajaya on November 14, 2016- AFP

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A ‘supermoon’ rises behind the a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Marina Beach in Chennai, India on November 14,2016.

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Cambodian people watch as the ‘supermoon’ rises over the Mekong river in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh on November 14, 2016- AFP

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Locals watch the “supermoon” rise over the ocean at a beach in Sanur on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on November 14, 2016─AFP

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The Supermoon goes down behind Manhattan the morning of November 14, 2016 in New York. US.

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