perigree moon in India, photo by PARSHOTAM LAL TANDON (Flickr CC)

Around the globe people have been marveling at the appearance of a perigree moon, also known as a supermoon.

The supermoon phenomenon occurs when a full Moon coincides with the closest distance the Moon comes to the Earth during its orbit. During this phenomenon the Moon can appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal.

Saturday night photographers around the world captured striking images of the supermoon, many with the moon behind iconic backdrops, such as the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Temple of Poseidon in Athens, Greece.

From the Guardian:

Amateur photographers were out in force across the world; in San Francisco, Ted Judah reported that he was one of 600 photographers jostling for the best view of the moon over the Golden Gate bridge; in the UK it was at its brightest at 4.30am, with Miguel Belert on the pier at Portleven in Cornwall to capture the scene.

See some great selections of photos from BBC News and the Associated Press.

Check out how Americans reacted to the perigree moon in this short video report from ITN News: