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Amazing Photos From Around The World Show The Biggest Supermoon In Nearly 70 Years

The moon is the closest it has been to the earth since 1948.

Posted on November 13, 2016, at 7:35 p.m. ET

The supermoon glowed in the night sky on Sunday evening, appearing larger than it has for almost 70 years.

The supermoon rises over Washington, D.C. on Sunday night.
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The supermoon rises over Washington, D.C. on Sunday night.

The supermoon gets its name for its proximity to earth, which makes it look a lot bigger and brighter than usual.

A jet flies in front of the moon on its approach to Heathrow airport in London.
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A jet flies in front of the moon on its approach to Heathrow airport in London.

The moon rotates the Earth in an oval shape, so there are times when it's closer to our planet. The moon also orbits the Earth along slightly different paths, depending on the gravitational forces of the sun and Earth, making it even closer to us during certain periods β€” like right now.

"When a full moon makes its closest pass to Earth in its orbit it appears up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter, making it a supermoon," NASA explains.

The moon hasn't looked this super since 1948, according to NASA.

The moon rises over the White House in D.C. on Sunday.
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The moon rises over the White House in D.C. on Sunday.

And the moon won't look this big and bright again until 2034.

The moon seen from Madrid on Nov. 13.
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The moon seen from Madrid on Nov. 13.

For most people in the US, the supermoon will peak early on Monday morning just before dawn.

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Although, the beauty of the supermoon should still be visible anytime after sunset Sunday and Monday.

The moon rises behind HSBC bank in London's Docklands on Sunday.
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The moon rises behind HSBC bank in London's Docklands on Sunday.

β€œI’ve been telling people to go out at night on either Sunday or Monday night to see the supermoon,” Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, said in a NASA feature. β€œThe difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle, so if it’s cloudy on Sunday, go out on Monday. Any time after sunset should be fine.”

The moon rises over Hefer Valley in Israel on Sunday.
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The moon rises over Hefer Valley in Israel on Sunday.

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