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The “supermoon” as seen from India is absolutely captivating

By Madhura Karnik

On Nov. 14, the moon—in its full-moon phase—was closest to Earth. Astronomers call this phenomenon a “perigee-syzygy of the earth-moon-sun system,” but “supermoon” is the common term used to describe it. It is estimated to look 15% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.

In India, the “supermoon” was visible starting 4:53pm local time. The distance between moon and earth was 356,508 km. The next such celestial event will be in 2034.

Reuters photographers in India clicked the “supermoon” behind churches, monuments, and other places of worship like a gurudwara. The result is a mesmerising series of photos.

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Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
A cross atop a church is silhouetted against the supermoon in Mumbai.
Reuters/Adnan Abidi
India’s national emblem is seen in front of the supermoon in New Delhi.
Reuters/Ajay Verma
A supermoon rises as the colourful lights flicker in the foreground at a gurudwara, a Sikh temple, in Chandigarh, India.
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Reuters/Mukesh Gupta
A supermoon rises behind a church in Jammu, India.
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Reuters/Rupak De Chowdhuri
A rising moon is pictured as colourful lights flicker in the foreground outside the Victoria Memorial monument in Kolkata, India.