'Supermoon' over UK skies this weekend

  • 23 June 2013

People around the globe have witnessed the 'biggest and brightest' full moon of the year.

On Saturday evening the moon reached its closest point to Earth making it appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is furthest away.

The 'supermoon' is also known as a perigee full moon.

A cloudy sky on Saturday evening meant many UK sky-watchers were disappointed but elsewhere in Europe clearer skies gave observers a better view.

Stargazers should be able to see the moon on Sunday evening if the sky is clear.

The next supermoon is expected during August 2014.