Super Moon Rises Over the Trees on May 5

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Glynn Wilson

The brightest and largest full moon of 2012 came over the horizon Saturday night in what is being billed by scientists as the rare appearance of a “supermoon” when the celestial body is closest to Earth this year.

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Glynn Wilson

At 11:34 p.m., about the time these photos were taken, the moon was about 221,802 miles from Earth — 15,300 miles closer than average.

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That proximity made the moon appear about 14 percent larger than it would if the moon were at its farthest distance from Earth.

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