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You think the supermoon looks cool out your window? Check it out from ISS

Oleg Artemyev did some moongazing from the space station.

COSMONAUT OLEG ARTEMYEV has given everyone in the western world* a sneak peak of what they can expect from tonight’s supermoon.

The Russian ISS crewman tweeted four shots of the enlarged moon disappearing behind the earth in post called ‘Moonset’.

Tonight’s supermoon, of Perigee moon as its properly known, will see our celestial neighbour come closer to the earth than at any other time this year.

The moon’s orbit around earth is not done in a circle and tonight the moon will make its closest approach at a distance of 406,567 km. This is about 50,000 km closer than at its furthest point.

*Western world because many countries have already seen the phenomenon.

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