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Glowing Reviews: Supermoon Finale Lights up the Night

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In addition to being a supermoon, when the moon is closest to Earth and appears slightly larger than usual, Monday night's full moon had an extra claim to fame. It's also known as a "Harvest Moon" because of its status as the full moon closest to the Northern Hemisphere's autumnal equinox on Sept. 22. The tradition is that the bright moon helps light the way for farmers bringing in their crops late into the evening.

ABOVE: A full moon appears behind a windmill in Consuegra, Spain on Sept. 8. The region's windmills were made famous by Miguel de Cervantes' novel "Don Quijote," first published in 1605.

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A setting sun illuminates cumulus clouds as a supermoon rises in Apfeltrang, southern Germany.

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A couple sits on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River as the full moon rises in the distance. Monday night's full moon was the third and final supermoon of 2014.

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The supermoon risies alongside the Basilica of Superga in Turin, Italy. We asked readers to share their shots of the supermoon and this was one of our favorites.

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The moon shines behind lanterns at the Wonderland Mid- Autumn festival at Victoria Park in Hong Kong.

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A full moon rises over Honolulu, Hawaii. We asked readers to share their shots of supermoon and this was one of our favorites.

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A plane crosses in front of the supermoon rising over Louisville, Ky. We asked readers to share their shots of supermoon and this was one of our favorites.

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The full moon rises above the domes of the Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. One of St. Petersburg landmarks, the Smolny convent's main church was built between 1748 and 1764 by Italian architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli.

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The moon rises with an orange glow as people watch from a rock cliff at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.

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