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Supermoon 2014

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On Sunday night, skywatchers around the world were treated to views of this year's so-called "supermoon," the largest full moon of the year. Yesterday, on August 11, the moon approached within 357,000 km (221,800 mi) of Earth, in what is scientifically known as a perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system (perigee: closest point of an elliptical orbit; syzygy: straight line made of three bodies in a gravitational system). Though the moon did appear larger than normal last night, the size difference is so small that a casual observer would probably never notice. Nonetheless, photographers across the globe set out to capture the event, and collected here are 21 of the most super images of this year's supermoon. [21 photos]

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A full moon dubbed "supermoon", rises over the Dolomiti mountains in Levico Terme near Trento in north of Italy on August 10, 2014. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)
A full moon dubbed "supermoon", rises over the Dolomiti mountains in Levico Terme near Trento in north of Italy on August 10, 2014. (Giuseppe Cacace/AFP/Getty Images)
A dog stands before the perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, in Madrid, on August 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) #
Fireworks streak past in front of the supermoon outside the town of Mosta, celebrating the feast of its patron saint, in central Malta, on August 10, 2014. (Reuters/Darrin Zammit Lupi) #
The supermoon rises above the Sierra de las Nieves nature park and biosphere reserve between El Burgo and Ronda, near Malaga, Spain, on August 10, 2014. (Reuters/Jon Nazca) #
The supermoon rises over Petare slum in Caracas, Venezuela, on August 10, 2014. (Reuters/Jorge Silva) #
A supermoon above a statue of Jesus Christ in front of the Holy Cross church in Warsaw, Poland, on August 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz) #
A surfer paddles onto a wave as the supermoon rises off the Sydney beachside suburb of Wanda on August 10, 2014. (Reuters/Jason Reed) #
A couple talk under the light of the perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, in Madrid, on August 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) #
A clear view of the supermoon over Havana, Cuba, on August 10, 2014. (Reuters/Enrique De La Osa) #
The supermoon rises above the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial on August 10, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) #
The supermoon is pictured behind a tree in Brasilia on August 10, 2014. (Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino) #
A full moon known as "supermoon" rises over the skyline of New York City and the Empire State Building as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey, on August 10, 2014. (Reuters/Eduardo Munoz) #
The supermoon behind a statue on the Charles Bridge in Prague on August 10, 2014. (Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images) #
People watch the full moon rising over the sky of Sounio, some 60 kilometers south of Athens, Greece, on August 10, 2014. (Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images) #
The supermoon, behind the bronze Statue of Freedom, atop the U.S. Capitol, on August 10, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) #
People gather in the park as a perigee moon rises above Madrid on August 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) #
An aircraft flies past the moon as it appears above the Colosseum, in Rome, Italy, on August 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) #
Sydney resident Virginia Maddock watches the supermoon rise off the Sydney beachside suburb of Wanda, on August 10, 2014. (Reuters/Jason Reed) #
Girls watch the supermoon rising in the sky at the Kalemegdan citadel in Belgrade, Serbia, on August 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) #
The full moon descends behind the Nossa Senhora da Penha Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 10, 2014. (YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images) #
The supermoon rises above Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 10, 2014. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images) #

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