Supermoon rises in Spain

A rare 'supermoon', expected to be best visible in Europe, shines bright over Guadalajara.

GUADALAJARA (Reuters) - Spain had its first glance on Sunday evening (Nov 13) at the largest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades, promising Earth-bound sky-watchers a celestial "supermoon" spectacle.

Witnessing the rise of the "supermoon" was Spain's iconic Osborne bull, which sits high on a hilltop in the town of Guadalajara near Madrid.

The full moon is expected to come nearer to Earth than at any time since 1948, astronomers have said.


If skies are clear, the upcoming full moon will appear up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than usual, making it what is called a supermoon, according to Nasa.

A supermoon occurs when the timing of a full moon overlaps with the point in the moon's 28-day orbit that is closest to Earth. 

About every 14th full moon is a supermoon, according to University of Wisconsin astronomer Jim Lattis.

The next time a full moon comes as close to Earth will be in 2034.