A supermoon rises behind the Washington Monument in Washington. This year the supermoon was up to 13.5 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a typical full moon.
This is a result of the Moon reaching its perigee – the closest that it gets to the Earth during the course of its orbit. During perigee on June 23, the moon was about 221,824 miles away, as compared to the 252,581 miles away that it is at its furthest distance from the Earth (apogee).
Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
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