Supermoon: A global perspective

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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. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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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. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
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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. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, is seen behind 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. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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A supermoon rises over the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Mike Zacchino)
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A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises beyond flags at Kauffman Stadium during a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers, 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. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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Traffic streaks by the supermoon as it rises behind the Memorial Bridge in Washington, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The full moon Saturday may seem huge, but it's just an illusion caused by its position in the sky. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
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An early morning view of an full moon at Chiantla, in the northern Cuchumatanes mountains of Guatemala, Saturday, July 12, 2014. Because the moon is relatively close to Earth, the full moon today will appear to be unusually large. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. The full moon Saturday may seem huge, but it's just an illusion caused by its position in the sky. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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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 itís close and full, it appears bigger and brighter than normal, although in fact the difference can be hard to detect. (AP Photo/Sayyid Azim)
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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. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
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A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, is seen behind Israelis sitting and standing on a hill at the Israeli town of Sderot, overlooking the Gaza Strip, as they wait to watch Israeli forces' bombardment and missiles fired by Palestinian militants from inside Gaza towards Israel, Saturday, July 12, 2014. A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon. 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. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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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. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)
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A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, centre, appears between traditional Ramadan lanterns that decorate 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. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises over the Queens borough of New York, 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. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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A supermoon rises behind fans during a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium, Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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A plane flies pasts a supermoon as a palm tree grows in the foreground during a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium, Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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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. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
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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. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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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 it's orbit is at it's closest point to earth.(AP Photo/Amel Emric)
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A palm tree is silhouetted against a supermoon in Whittier, Calif., Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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A supermoon is viewed from Whittier, Calif., Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
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A supermoon moves across the sky behind the neon green lights of the Bank of America Tower in downtown Dallas, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
 

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