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  • A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises over a crescent of a minaret of grand Faisal mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

      A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises over a crescent of a minaret of grand Faisal mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Associated Press

  • A palm tree is silhouetted against a supermoon in Whittier, Calif., Saturday, July 12, 2014.

      A palm tree is silhouetted against a supermoon in Whittier, Calif., Saturday, July 12, 2014.
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  • A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises beyond an American flag at Kauffman Stadium during a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

      A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises beyond an American flag at Kauffman Stadium during a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Associated Press

  • A perigee moon, known as a supermoon appears above the Bulgarian-Romanian border in Giurgiu, Romania, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

      A perigee moon, known as a supermoon appears above the Bulgarian-Romanian border in Giurgiu, Romania, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Associated Press

  • A perigee moon, known as a supermoon, appears above the Bulgarian-Romanian border in Giurgiu, Romania, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

      A perigee moon, known as a supermoon, appears above the Bulgarian-Romanian border in Giurgiu, Romania, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Associated Press

  • A supermoon rises over the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore, Saturday, July 12, 2014.

      A supermoon rises over the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore, Saturday, July 12, 2014.
    Associated Press

  • A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, moves across the sky behind the neon green lights of the Bank of America Tower in downtown Dallas, Saturday, July 12, 2014.

      A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, moves across the sky behind the neon green lights of the Bank of America Tower in downtown Dallas, Saturday, July 12, 2014.
    Associated Press

  • A supermoon, rises in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Shingle Springs, Calif., Saturday, July 12, 2014.

      A supermoon, rises in the Sierra Nevada foothills near Shingle Springs, Calif., Saturday, July 12, 2014.
    Associated Press

  • A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises beyond flags at Kauffman Stadium during a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

      A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises beyond flags at Kauffman Stadium during a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Associated Press

  • A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, is seen behind a lantern, used as decoration during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at a shop in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, July 13, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

      A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, is seen behind a lantern, used as decoration during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at a shop in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, July 13, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Associated Press

  • A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises over the Queens borough of New York, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

      A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises over the Queens borough of New York, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Associated Press

  • Traffic streaks by the "Super Moon" as it rises behind the Memorial Bridge in Washington, Saturday, July 12, 2014.

      Traffic streaks by the "Super Moon" as it rises behind the Memorial Bridge in Washington, Saturday, July 12, 2014.
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  • Traffic streaks by the supermoon as it rises behind the Memorial Bridge in Washington, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The full moon Saturday may seem huge, but it's just an illusion caused by its position in the sky.

      Traffic streaks by the supermoon as it rises behind the Memorial Bridge in Washington, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The full moon Saturday may seem huge, but it's just an illusion caused by its position in the sky.
    Associated Press

  • A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises above Dojran Lake in southeastern Macedonia, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon in its elliptical orbit is relatively close to Earth and seen from the Earth near the horizon, appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

      A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises above Dojran Lake in southeastern Macedonia, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon in its elliptical orbit is relatively close to Earth and seen from the Earth near the horizon, appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Associated Press

  • People look at a perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rising above Dojran Lake in southeastern Macedonia, on Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon in its elliptical orbit is relatively close to Earth and seen from the Earth near the horizon, appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

      People look at a perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rising above Dojran Lake in southeastern Macedonia, on Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon in its elliptical orbit is relatively close to Earth and seen from the Earth near the horizon, appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Associated Press

  • A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises above Dojran Lake in southeastern Macedonia, on Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon in its elliptical orbit is relatively close to Earth and seen from the Earth near the horizon, appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

      A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises above Dojran Lake in southeastern Macedonia, on Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon in its elliptical orbit is relatively close to Earth and seen from the Earth near the horizon, appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Associated Press

  • A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, is seen behind a traditional Serbian orthodox cross on the St. Sava temple, in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

      A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, is seen behind a traditional Serbian orthodox cross on the St. Sava temple, in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Associated Press

  • The full moon is partly covered by clouds Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya, the "supermoon" the nickname for full moons that happen when our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth and which are called a perigee moon by scientists. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it's close and full, it appears bigger and brighter than normal, although in fact the difference can be hard to detect.

      The full moon is partly covered by clouds Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya, the "supermoon" the nickname for full moons that happen when our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth and which are called a perigee moon by scientists. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it's close and full, it appears bigger and brighter than normal, although in fact the difference can be hard to detect.
    Associated Press

  • A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises behind a tree in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

      A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises behind a tree in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Associated Press

  • A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises above a Chinese pavilion in Beijing, China, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

      A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises above a Chinese pavilion in Beijing, China, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Associated Press

  • A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises behind figurines on a Chinese pavilion in Beijing, China, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.

      A perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises behind figurines on a Chinese pavilion in Beijing, China, Saturday, July 12, 2014. The phenomenon, which scientists call a "perigee moon," occurs when the moon is near the horizon and appears larger and brighter than other full moons.
    Associated Press

 

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