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"Super Moon" to light up night sky

2012-05-06 06:55:12 GMT2012-05-06 14:55:12(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

The moon rises near an apartment block in Bucharest May 5, 2012. A "super Moon" lights up Saturday's night sky in a once-a-year cosmic show, overshadowing a meteor shower from remnants of Halley's Comet, the US space agency NASA said. The Moon seems especially big and bright since it reaches its closest spot to Earth at the same time it is in its full phase, NASA said. [Photo/Agencies]

The full moon rises behind a mosque as birds fly in Amman May 5, 2012. Saturday sees the rise of a full moon called the "Super Moon" when it arrives at its closest point to the Earth in 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

The moon rises behind trees in Bucharest May 5, 2012. A "super Moon" lights up Saturday's night sky in a once-a-year cosmic show, overshadowing a meteor shower from remnants of Halley's Comet, the US space agency NASA said. The Moon seems especially big and bright since it reaches its closest spot to Earth at the same time it is in its full phase, NASA said. [Photo/Agencies]

The "super Moon" rises over some apartment buildings in Toronto, May 5, 2012. [Photo/Agencies]

 A "super Moon" lights up Saturday's night sky in a once-a-year cosmic show, overshadowing a meteor shower from remnants of Halley's Comet, the US space agency NASA said. The Moon seems especially big and bright since it reaches its closest spot to Earth at the same time it is in its full phase, NASA said.

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