North East dawn skies illuminated by supermoon

North East skies were illuminated overnight - when the clouds parted - by the largest moon for 20 years, as it reached its closest point to the Earth

Owen Humphreys The supermoon rises over the North East coast at Whiltey Bay
The supermoon rises over the North East coast at Whiltey Bay

This incredible image shows how the biggest and brightest moon for 20 years lit up the sky over Whitley Bay at dawn on Tuesday.

The ‘supermoon’ appeared 16 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than normal as it reached the point in its orbit closest to the Earth - known as ‘perigee’.

Photographer Owen Humphries, of Whitley Bay, said: “I just snapped off one frame as the supermoon was only visible for about one minute, due to the cloud.

“It’s been very cloudy over the past two nights but I caught it just as it rose over the sea at Whitley Bay.”

Supermoons, which are known to cause higher tides, occur every 13 months and 18 days, but are not always noticed because of cloudy weather.

Last night it was just 221,765 miles from Earth.

This year there are five supermoons, two new moons in January and full moons in July, August and September.

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