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PHOTO GALLERY: The first supermoon in August rises around the world




The supermoon rises above the Thomas Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023. AP

TOPSHOT - The Sturgeon Supermoon rises over The Graves Lighthouse in Massachusetts Bay on August 1, 2023, 9.7 miles (15.6kms) east of Boston. AFP

The Sturgeon Supermoon is seen on August 01, 2023 in Austin, Texas. The Sturgeon Supermoon is the first of two super moons in the month of August. AFP

A supermoon rises over the West End Tower at Vanderbilt University, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023 in Nashville, Tenn. The Sturgeon moon is the second of four supermoons to appear in 2023. AP

The Sturgeon Supermoon is seen on August 01, 2023 in Austin, Texas. The Sturgeon Supermoon is the first of two super moons in the month of August. AFP

A supermoon rises in the night on August 01, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. The moon is one of two supermoons that will appear in August. AFP

The Sturgeon Supermoon rises over during the Mexico ATP Open 250 at Cabo Sports Complex in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico, on August 1, 2023. AFP

The moon is seen between a McDonalds restaurant s Golden Arches in downtown Chicago, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023. AP

The Sturgeon Supermoon rises over over Whittier, California on August 1, 2023. AFP

The Sturgeon Supermoon rises over during the Mexico ATP Open 250 at Cabo Sports Complex in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico, on August 1, 2023. AFP

This picture taken late on August 1, 2023 shows the second supermoon of 2023, also known as the Sturgeon Moon, behind Santa Maria la Mayor church in Ronda. Algonquian native American tribes from the Great Lakes region in the United States named this full moon as Sturgeon Moon because of the abundance of sturgeon fish in this period of the year. AFP

This picture taken late on August 1, 2023 shows the second supermoon of 2023, also known as the Sturgeon Moon, behind Santa Maria la Mayor church in Ronda. Algonquian native American tribes from the Great Lakes region in the United States named this full moon as Sturgeon Moon because of the abundance of sturgeon fish in this period of the year. AFP

This picture taken late on August 1, 2023 shows the second supermoon of 2023, also known as the Sturgeon Moon, behind the town of Ronda. Algonquian native American tribes from the Great Lakes region in the United States named this full moon as Sturgeon Moon because of the abundance of sturgeon fish in this period of the year. AFP

This picture taken late on August 1, 2023 shows the second supermoon of 2023, also known as the Sturgeon Moon, behind the town of Ronda. Algonquian native American tribes from the Great Lakes region in the United States named this full moon as Sturgeon Moon because of the abundance of sturgeon fish in this period of the year. AFP

 

Skywatchers around the world were treated to the first of two supermoons on Tuesday. A supermoon is a full moon that appears larger and brighter in the sky due to its closer proximity to Earth.

The next supermoon is expected to occur on the night of 30 August and will be a blue moon, meaning a second full moon within the same month.

Professional and amateur astronomers alike are eagerly anticipating the upcoming blue moon, a proverbially rare event not expected to occur again until 2024. With clear skies expected in many locations, it is an ideal time to enjoy the stunning display of the night sky.