Images: By the light of the 'supermoon'

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The "supermoon" appears behind the Mare shantytown complex Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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Maple leaves are silhouetted by the "supermoon" Sunday in Spring Lake Township, Mich. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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The "supermoon" appears above the Christ the Redeemer statue Sunday in Rio de Janeiro. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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A fisherman casts a line from a jetty Saturday as the "supermoon" appears over the Atlantic Ocean near Bal Harbour, Fla. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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The "supermoon" appears Saturday behind the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, southeast of Athens, Greece, while tourists watch. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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The "supermoon" appears Saturday over Vancouver, British Columbia. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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The "supermoon" appears Saturday behind a steeple with crosses of an Orthodox church in the town of Novogrudok, 93 miles west of Minsk, Belarus. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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A "supermoon" appears Saturday above the temporarily closed Hotel Pere Marquette in Peoria, Ill. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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The "supermoon" appears Saturday behind statues of angels fixed at the St. Isaak's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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A "supermoon" appears Sunday near the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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A "supermoon" rises Saturday beside San Francisco Coit Tower in San Francisco. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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A "supermoon" rises Saturday over Cultus Mountain in this view from Sunset Road near Chuckanut Drive in Skagit County, Wash. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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A "supermoon" lights up Waikiki and Diamond Head on in Honolulu. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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A photographer captures the beauty of Saturday night's "supermoon" over Clear Lake in LaPorte, Ind. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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A "supermoon" is seen rising Saturday over Vancouver, British Columbia. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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A "supermoon" rises Saturday over the Angel's Gate lighthouse in San Pedro, Calif. The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.

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Gallery updated: 5/7/2012 4:29 PM

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This weekend, the moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year, and it appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth.
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