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Photos: Supermoon casts its brilliant glow over Earth

A jet plane leaving Miami International Airport flies in front of the moon, Saturday, June 22, 2013 above the skies in Surfside, Fla. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year graces the sky early Sunday as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth than usual when the moon will come within 222,000 miles of Earth and turn full around 7:30 a.m. EDT. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
AP / Wilfredo Lee
A jet plane leaving Miami International Airport.
  • Zachary M. Seward
By Zachary M. Seward

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This weekend’s full moon coincided with its closest approach to Earth, a phenomenon known colloquially as a “supermoon.” (In astronomical circles, it’s called a perigee-syzygy moon.)

The supermoon is larger and brighter than an average moon, though the difference isn’t enormous. Many people, in any event, use it as an occasion to dwell on Earth’s only natural satellite. Sri Lankans also mark the supermoon by celebrating the introduction of Buddhism to the country, from India, in 250 BC.

Reuters / Yannis Behrakis
The temple of Poseidon, ancient Greek god of the seas, in Cape Sounion, Greece.
Reuters / Carlo Allegri
The Luna Park Swing Ride Coney Island in New York City.
AP / Gerald Herbert
An oil refinery in Norco, Louisiana.
Reuters / Tim Chong
An elevated skywalk at Supertrees Grove in Singapore.
AP / J. David Ake
The Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.
Reuters / Beawiharta
Fire rages at a palm oil plantation in Indonesia’s Riau province.
AP / Eranga Jayawardena
Buddhists offers prayers for Poson full moon day in Kelaniya, Sri Lanka.
AP / The Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green
Table Rock near Boise, Idaho.
AP / Julio Cortez
The nearly completed One World Trade Center in New York City.
AP / Gerald Herbert
Fishing camps in Akers, Louisiana.
AP / Dave Martin
Roadside plants in Prattville, Alabama.
Getty Images / Franco Origlia
Sculpture of the Colonnade overlooking St. Peter’s Square in Rome.
Reuters / Gary Hershorn
The Manhattan skyline as seen from Weekhawken, New Jersey.
Reuters / David Gray
Fishing near Teaorereke on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati.

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