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Supermoon pictures take over Twitter

A supermoon is a full moon during the moon's perigee, which is the period of the moon's slightly elliptical orbit when the sphere is closest to Earth.
By Brooks Hays   |   Aug. 11, 2014 at 10:21 AM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Sunday's supermoon was the biggest full moon so far in 2014. A supermoon does not have special powers, but it does appear super-sized -- yesterday's full moon was 12 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than January's full moon.

A supermoon is a full moon during the moon's perigee, which is the period of the moon's slightly elliptical orbit when sphere is some 30,000 miles closer to Earth. It's a phenomenon that happens several times a year, and each time inspires onlookers to marvel and snap photos. Depending on one's vantage point, the weather, time of day and makeup of the horizon, the moon can appear bigger or smaller and all sorts of different colors.

Since last night's supermoon crested in the afternoon into the early evening, Twitter has been aflutter with pictures of the engorged satellite. If all the social media buzz has you bummed you missed last night's moon, there's no need to fret; next month will bring another supermoon, the last one for several months.




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