11 pictures of last night's stunning Supermoon

Last night's Moon was 15 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than when it is at its smallest and dimmest

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The sky was illuminated last night by the first “Supermoon” of the year, the largest and brightest view of the Moon as it reached its closest point to the Earth, resulting in some stunning images of the phenomenon from stargazers.

The spectacle was seen all over the globe as the Moon slowly rose last night, 15 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than when it is at its smallest and dimmest.

Supermoons or “perigee-syzygy”, their astronomical title, occur when the moon is simultaneously at its closest possible point to the Earth as it orbits its elliptical (lemon-shaped) route and when it is also directly opposite the Sun, meaning it is fully illuminated.

Stargazers from around the globe came out in full force to witness the phenomenon and have taken pictures of the spectacular Supermoon. On Twitter and Instagram the hashtag #supermoon2015 was trending as people shared their images from around the world.

Here are the 11 best images taken of the Supermoon last night:


Supermoon rising over Englewood, Colorado, taken by Alisha Aspeland.


A shot of a blood-red Supermoon rising over Kiev.


A photo posted by Kara Tinson (@kara.tinson) on

Kara Tinson posted this image of the Supermoon on Instagram rising over the sea.


A photo posted by Ashley (@findingashley333) on

A view of the Supermoon from Aurora, Colorado.


A photo posted by Nam Ing (@naminou) on

The Supermoon rising over San Francisco, California taken by landscape photographer Nam Ing.


  A beach-view of the Supermoon.


A shot of the moon taken by Joel Tonyan with a 92mm telescope and a Canon 70D. 


A view of the moon from Chorley, Lancashire.


The Supermoon seen rising over Chile. 


Last night's Supermoon taken at Virginia Beach, Virginia by David Sullivan. 


A photo posted by @khrssdh on

The Supermoon seen near Essen, Germany.

The next event of this kind is expected on the 28 September and will be followed by a lunar eclipse. It is expected to be even closer than last night’s Supermoon.