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Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 23:00

Another supermoon

By Associated Press

BEIJING — Another supermoon has landed in the skies over China.

The moon shone brightly Tuesday night in Beijing, as the smog that often blankets China's capital and most of the industrial north in winter subsided for the evening.

The supermoon phenomenon occurs when the moon, which follows an elliptical orbit around theEarth, reaches a point closer than usual. A supermoon occurred just last month, putting on a show for skygazers worldwide.

Chinese astronomers expect that this supermoon will likely reach its closest point to China on Wednesday morning, but that the Tuesday night sky would provide a fine backdrop to view it.

The supermoon will be visible around the world, including the US on Tuesday night.

Another supermoon
Chinese workers carve snow sculptures against the supermoon in Harbin, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, Dec 13, 2016. The ice installation will be used for an upcoming ice and snow festival in the city. (Photo/IC)
Another supermoon
The supermoon is seen in Northwest China's Ningxia Hui autonomous region, Dec 13, 2016. (Photo/IC)

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