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Supermoon 2013

Supermoon: The biggest, brightest full moon of 2013.

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Image: A supermoon rises behind the Washington Monument

Monumental moon

A supermoon rises behind the Washington Monument in the nation's capital on June 23, 2013. The "supermoon" is so named because it's the biggest, brightest full moon of the year. The supermoon's disk is 14 percent wider and 30 percent brighter than the moon's minimum appearance. This is the result of the moon going full at roughly the same time that it reaches perigee - its closest point to Earth in the course of its orbit.

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Image: A silhouetted airplane flies past a 'supe rmoon' over New York

Streaking past a supermoon

A silhouetted airplane flies in front of the full moon over New York on June 23.

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Grand Supermoon

Photographer Jason Hines captured this view of the full moon rising over the Grand Canyon on the evening of June 22, just as the moon was nearing its biggest, brightest phase of the year.

For more of Hines' supermoon pictures, check out his website. His supermoon expedition is part of a documentary project called "The Art of the Chase," which is the focus of a Kickstarter campaign.

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The cross and the moon

The moon rises over Table Rock and its lighted cross in Boise, Idaho, on June 22.

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Moon over Singapore

The June 23 supermoon looks as if it's hanging just beyond the balconies of The Stamford, a luxury hotel in Singapore.

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Lighting up the morning

As a plane approaches Newark Liberty International Airport, the supermoon sets behind a cloud and New York's Statue of Liberty on the morning of June 23.

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Lighting up Cairo

The supermoon shines in a clear sky, beyond strings of yellow and green lights in Cairo, Egypt, on June 23.

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Image: Tourists walk on the elevated skywalk of the Supertrees Grove at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, as the "super moon" rises at dusk

Supermoon and Supertrees

Tourists walk on the elevated skywalk of the Supertrees Grove at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore as the supermoon rises at dusk on June 23.

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Image: People walk through a gazebo as a super moon rises in West Orange, New Jersey

Midsummer night's moon

People walk through a gazebo as the supermoon glows in the skies over Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, N.J., on June 22.

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Supermoon squeeze

The supermoon appears to squeeze between the City Center Towers in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 23.

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Mormon moon

The full moon rises behind a Mormon temple in Kansas City, Mo., on June 22. The moon often takes on a reddish appearance when it rises or sets, because the bluer wavelengths of moonlight are scattered as they shine through the thick layer of Earth's atmosphere.

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Moon over the bay

The full moon rises over Chesapeake Bay in Maryland on June 22. The "supermoon" effect was visible around the world on the nights of June 22-23 and June 23-24.

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Image: People ride the Luna Park Swing Ride as the Super Moon rises on Coney Island

Swinging at Luna Park

People ride the Luna Park Swing Ride at Coney Island in Brooklyn as the supermoon rises on June 22.

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Image: The moon rises over the temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion east of Athens

Supermoon rising

The moon rises over the temple of Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of the seas, as tourists enjoy the sunset in Cape Sounion, east of Athens, Greece, on June 22.

Yannis Behrakis / X00025
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Supermoon at center stage

A picture taken on June 22 shows the full moon over the Mediterranean coastal city of Netanya, north of Tel Aviv, Israel. June's full moon is 14 percent wider and 30 percent brighter than it is when the moon is at maximum distance from Earth.

Jack Guez / AFP
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Long view of the moon

NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg sent this picture of the moon rising over New Brunswick from the International Space Station on June 22.

Karen L. Nyberg
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Image: A father and his son watch the moon rise over the skyline of New York from a lookout in Weekhawken, New Jersey

Set for the supermoon

A father and his son watch the moon rise over the skyline of New York from a lookout in Weekhawken, N.J., on June 21.

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Biggest ball in the sky

The moon rises as a crowd watches a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on June 21.

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