Summer’s Biggest, Brightest Supermoon Lights Up the Night

Sunday marks summer’s biggest and brightest supermoon, with the full moon being the closest it will get to Earth during 2014.

A supermoon shines over metro Manila on August 11, 2014. The astronomical event occurs when the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, making it appear much larger and brighter than usual.

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Fireworks explode in front of a supermoon outside the town of Mosta, Malta, celebrating the feast of its patron saint on August 10.

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People watch the full moon rising over the sky of Sounion, approximately 40 miles south of Athens, on August 10.

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People take photos as a supermoon rises above a bridge over Vardar River in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 10.

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A supermoon descends behind the Nossa Senhora da Penha Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 10.

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A supermoon glows in the sky over Dresden, Germany, on August 10.

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A supermoon rises behind the cathedral in Mdina, Malta's ancient capital city, in the center of the island, on August 10.

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A surfer paddles onto a wave as a supermoon rises off the Sydney beachside suburb of Wanda on August 10.

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A supermoon is seen rising over New York City from Weehawken, New Jersey, on August 10.

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