The faithful satellite, which moves in a slightly elliptical orbit, achieved its closest approach to the planet on Sunday. At just 221,300 miles from Earth, the supermoon appeared about 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter when compared to its farthest approach of the year (252,088 miles away).

Super moon in Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia

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Hazy super moon over terrain in Santee, California

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Santee, Calif.

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Super moon over U.S. capitol

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U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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Super moon behind Baltimore skyline

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Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Md.

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Super moon behind arid mountains

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Idaho, U.S.

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Beach bonfire with super moon overhead

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New York, U.S.

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Super moon in the outback

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The outback near Port Augusta, Australia

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Super moon behind palm trees

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Santa Monica, Calif.

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Person standing on beach looking at the super moon

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Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Jefferson Memorial and super moon

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Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.

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