IN PICTURES: Supermoon lights up the sky across Germany

IN PICTURES: Supermoon lights up the sky across Germany
A cyclist watching the moon on April 7th in Sieversdorf, Brandenburg. Photo: DPA
If you've been looking outside the window recently, you may have spotted the moon looking bigger and brighter than usual.

The supermoon (der Supermond) has been luring numerous photographers and stargazers outside. And on Tuesday night the moon was particularly majestic.

A supermoon happens when the moon reaches the closest point to Earth in its 27-day orbit and it happens to be full, which occurs approximately once a year.

It came as temperatures reached the high teens across Germany amid coronavirus restrictions which call on people to only leave their homes for essential reasons, such as for shopping or exercise.

According to the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the moon can come within 356,400 kilometres to Earth, measured from centre to centre (known as perigee) – and up to 406,700 kilometres away from Earth (known as apogee).

The next supermoon will be visible in May 2021, says the DLR.

Below you'll find some of the best pictures and tweets.  Pictures are all DPA unless otherwise stated.

This beautiful photo shows the moon next to the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie.

This photo was taken in Düsseldorf, western Germany.

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The below image was captured in Kassel, Hesse.

The moon looked huge in Nuremberg.

A photographer captured the moon next to a traffic light in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the below image.

The moon above the Reichstag building in Berlin.

A bird perched in front of the moon in Frankfurt, Hesse.

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