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Photo Journal: Super sight


A supermoon is seen behind an observation deck of Fukuoka Tower in Fukuoka's Sawara Ward shortly before 8 p.m. on Nov. 14, 2016. The phenomenon, observed at the time of the year when the full moon is closest to Earth, was visible in Hokkaido, the Tohoku region, and some parts of Kyushu and Okinawa, where people on their way home could be seen gazing into the sky and taking photographs. According to the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, the moon appeared 14 percent bigger in diameter and 30 percent bigger in area compared to how it looked on April 22, when it was farthest from Earth. The moon came its closest at 8:21 p.m. Japanese time, and the full moon was recorded at 10:52 p.m. It was the largest supermoon in 68 years, but rainy and cloudy weather obstructed the view over most of Japan's main island of Honshu. The next opportunity to see the phenomenon will be 18 years from now, in 2034. (Mainichi)

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