The much-awaited full moon of the year graced the skies Saturday night, emerging bigger and brighter than usual, as it came closer to the earth.  

The supermoon phenomenon is known as a perigree full moon which means that the moon appears as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than it would if the moon were at its farthest distance.  

The last supermoon occurred March 19, 2011, when it was about 221,567 miles from the earth.

Royal Astronomical Society's Dr Robert Massey told BBC News that: When the moon is closest to the earth and full or new, you get an increase in the tidal pull in the ocean because the gravity of the moon and the sun line up.

The moon is always beautiful and a full moon is always dramatic, he added.

However, scientists have rejected the idea that the supermoon could cause strange behavior - like lycanthropy - or natural disasters.

Here are some spectacular images of the Supermoon from various parts of the world.