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June 24, 2013

Supermoon 2013

Photographers around the world looked up to the sky this past weekend to capture the "supermoon." This is the phenomenon when the moon makes its closest approach to Earth, appearing 30 percent brighter and about 14 percent larger than a typical full moon. It occurs about once every 14 months and is technically called a perigee full moon. At 221,823 miles from Earth, the supermoon was a feast for the eyes.-Leanne Burden Seidel (24 photos total)

A cotton candy vendor walks in from of the moon during the Los Angeles Angels' baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, June 22 in Anaheim, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)

Tourists look at the rising "super moon," the largest full moon of the year, from the elevated skywalk of the Supertrees Grove at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore June 23. (Tim Chong/Reuters) #

A full moon also referred to as a "supermoon" rises over the San Juan bonfire on the beach of Playa de Poniente in Gijon on June 24. Fires formed by burning unwanted furniture, old school books, wood and effigies of malign spirits are seen across Spain as people celebrate the night of San Juan, a purification ceremony coinciding with the summer solstice. (Eloy Alonso/Reuters) #

A "supermoon" rises over the temple of Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of the seas, in Cape Sounion some 60 km (37 miles) east of Athens on June 23. A perigee moon coincides with a full moon creating a "super moon" when it passes by the earth at its closest point in 2013. (Yannis Behrakis /Reuters)#

People ride the Luna Park Swing Ride as the Super Moon rises on Coney Island, June 22. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)#

A "supermoon" rises through a clear sky past a string of yellow and green lights, in Cairo, Egypt on June 23. The moon was expected to be 13.5 percent closer to earth on its elliptical orbit.(Hassan Ammar/Associated Press) #

A jet plane passes in front of the supper full moonin Monterey Park, Calif. June 23. Stargazers are still abuzz over the biggest and brightest full moon of the year, which graced the skies over the weekend. (Nick Ut/Associated Press) #

A "super moon" rises near the Four Towers business district in Madrid, June 23. (Paul Hanna/Reuters)#

A "supermoon" sets behind the Statue of Liberty June 23 in New York. The larger than normal moon called the "Supermoon" happens only once this year. (Julio Cortez/Associated Press)#

The moon shines over Oberbaum Bridge in Berlin, Germany on Jun 23.The 'supermoon' filled the sky and looked 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than normal, which is the closest approach to Earth. (Kay Nietfeld/EPA)#

The moon shines over a traffic light in downtown Rome on June 23. The full moon at perigee, called a 'supermoon' ,appears 14 percent larger and 30 per cent brighter than normal as Earth's satellite orbits within about 357,000 kilometers of our planet. (Filippo MonteforteAFP/AFP/Getty Images) #

People look at the biggest and brightest full moon of the year rise at a public garden in Lisbon, Portugal on June 23. The so-called supermoon appeared up to 14 percent larger than normal as it swung closer to Earth Sunday. (Armando Franca/Associated Press) #

The "super moon" rises between the twin towers of Brazil's Congress in Brazil on June 23. (Fabio Rodrigues-Pozzebom/Reuters) #

A Sri Lanka Buddhist family observes religious rites on Poson Poya Day at the Kelaniya Rajamaha Viharaya temple in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka onJune 22. The Poson Full Moon Poya Day is significant to Buddhists in Sri Lanka as it marks the advent of Buddhism to the island nation in the third century BC during the reign of King Devanampiyatissa. (M.A. Pushpa/ EPA) #

A full moon also referred to as a "supermoon" rises in the sky behind New York's Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey, June 23. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters)#

People paddle illuminated paddle boards in the moon light as it rises over the Toronto Beaches, June 23. Mark Blinch/Reuters #

The largest full moon of 2013, a "supermoon" scientifically known as a "perigee moon", rises over the Tien Shan mountains and the monument to 18th century military commander Nauryzbai Batyr near the town of Kaskelen, Kazakhstan on June 23. ( Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters)#

The larger-than-normal full moon referred to as a "supermoon" is seen setting beyond a refinery in Norco, La., June 23. (Gerald Herbert/Associated Press) #

The full moon rises behind street lamps in Tbilisi, Georgia on June 23. (David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters) #

A full moon rises in the "Judean Desert" in the Israeli occupied Palestinian West Bank. This "super Moon also known as the "perigee" full moon appears about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a regular full moon, according to NASA scientists. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Hindu devotee performs a ritual at Jagannath temple during 'Bathing Festival' in Mithapara village, India, June 23. The festival is known as 'Devasnan Purnima' or 'Snana Yatra' is held on this full-moon day. There is a general belief that the devotee can wash away all their sins if they get a vision of the Lord on this day, therefore, it attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. (Piyal Adhikary/EPA)#

A "supermoon" rises over Table Rock and the lighted cross near Boise, Idaho, June 22. For many, the moon appeared as full on the evening of the 22 as it did on the 23, since the full moon was at 4:32 a.m. PDT on June 23. (Kyle Green/The Idaho Statesman via Associated Press)#

A full moon in the 'Perigee' phase rises over the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har El, June 23. The moon was at its closest distance to Earth, a constellation also known as 'supermoon,' in which the earth's trabant appears between 12 to 14 per cent larger and according to scientific sources also about 30 percent brighter than the normal full moon. (Jim Hollander/EPA)#

The Super Moon rises over Santa Monica on June 23 in Santa Monica, California. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images) #