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  • Supermoon
    One day before a "supermoon," Virgin America flight VX415 from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles (LAX) crosses the waxing gibbous moon on its final approach to Los Angeles Airport as viewed from Whittier, Calif., Friday, July 11, 2014.
    Nick Ut | AP
  • China Supermoon
    A child play near adults as a perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises behind them in Beijing, China, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Ng Han Guan | AP
  • Supermoon
    One day before a “supermoon,” the waxing gibbous moon is viewed from Whittier, Calif., Friday, July 11, 2014.
    Nick Ut | AP
  • Pakistan Supermoon
    A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, looks over the grand Faisal mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan,Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Anjum Naveed | AP
  • Pakistan Supermoon
    Pakistani families visit a park as a perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    K.M. Chaudary | AP
  • Philippines Supermoon
    The moon rises Saturday, July 12, 2014 over metropolitan Manila in the Philippines in one of the three “Supermoon” occurrences for this year. The phenomenon occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Bullit Marquez | AP
  • Mideast Lebanon Supermoon
    A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, appears to sit on top of a big traditional Ramadan lantern that decorated a building in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Hussein Malla | AP
  • APTOPIX China Supermoon
    A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises behind figurines on a Chinese pavilion in Beijing, China, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Ng Han Guan | AP
  • Macedonia Supermoon
    People look at a perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rising above Dojran Lake in southeastern Macedonia, on Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon in its elliptical orbit is relatively close to Earth and seen from the Earth near the horizon, appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Boris Grdanoski | AP
  • China Supermoon
    Swallows fly near a perigee moon also known as a supermoon in Beijing, China, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Ng Han Guan | AP
  • Malaysia Supermoon
    A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises behind a tree in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Lai Seng Sin | AP
  • Super moon
    The full moon peeks through the clouds over forest near Sarajevo, Bosnia, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The so-called super moon appeared up to 14 percent larger than normal as its orbit is at its closest point to earth.
    Amel Emric | AP
  • China Supermoon
    Chinese women talk at a park as a perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises behind them in Beijing, China, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Ng Han Guan | AP
  • China Supermoon
    Visitors on a hilltop pavilion overlooking the Forbidden City gather to view a perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rising in Beijing, China, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Ng Han Guan | AP
  • Kenya  Supermoon
    The full moon is partly covered by clouds Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya, the “supermoon” the nickname for full moons that happen when our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth and which are called a perigee moon by scientists. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it’s close and full, it appears bigger and brighter than normal, although in fact the difference can be hard to detect.
    Sayyid Azim | AP
  • Pakistan Supermoon
    A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, looks over a crescent of a minaret of grand Faisal mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Anjum Naveed | AP
  • Mideast Israel Palestinians Supermoon
    A supermoon rises over Jerusalem’s Old City and the Dome of the Rock Saturday, July 12, 2014. A supermoon is an occurrence when a full moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit.
    Dusan Vranic | AP
  • Mideast Lebanon Supermoon
    A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, is seen through a lantern used as decoration during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which decorated downtown of Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Hussein Malla | AP
  • Mideast Lebanon Supermoon
    A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, is seen behind a lantern, used as decoration during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, decorating a building in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Hussein Malla | AP
  • Mideast Lebanon Supermoon
    A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, is seen on the top of a traditional Ramadan lantern that decorated downtown of Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Hussein Malla | AP
  • Serbia Supermoon
    A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, is seen behind a monument of Djordje Karadjordjevic-Karadjordje, the leader of the 1804 Serb uprising against Ottoman Turks, in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Darko Vojinovic | AP
  • Macedonia Supermoon
    A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises above Dojran Lake in southeastern Macedonia, on Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon in its elliptical orbit is relatively close to Earth and seen from the Earth near the horizon, appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Boris Grdanoski | AP
  • Serbia Supermoon
    A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, is seen behind a traditional Serbian orthodox cross on the St. Sava temple, in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Darko Vojinovic | AP
  • Serbia Supermoon
    A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, is seen behind a lanterns, in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Darko Vojinovic | AP
  • Macedonia Supermoon
    A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises above Dojran Lake in southeastern Macedonia, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a “perigee moon,” occurs when the moon in its elliptical orbit is relatively close to Earth and seen from the Earth near the horizon, appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Boris Grdanoski | AP
Because our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth, these full moons will appear to be unusually large. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it’s close and full, it appears bigger and brighter than normal, although the difference can be hard to detect. The full moon Saturday may seem huge, but it’s just an illusion caused by its position in the sky.
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