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Supermoon

A supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the closest distance that the Moon reaches to Earth in its elliptic orbit, resulting in a slightly larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system or more simply full (or new) Moon at perigee. The term supermoon is astrological in origin and has no precise astronomical definition.

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Did you see the supermoon? A few weeks ago, I took out my telescope, and with some fine tune adjustments, I took this picture of the moon. Isn't it beautiful?

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