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Images of a Supermoon Spectacle

Skygazers around the world witnessed the biggest and brightest full moon in nearly 70 years on Sunday and Monday nights.

The phenomenon, in which a full moon appears at its closest point in its orbit around the Earth, known as perigee, is colloquially called a “supermoon.” Despite its name, a supermoon is only marginally more impressive than an average full moon.

Still, it attracted spectators to places as varied as the Acropolis in Athens, pictured above, to sand dunes in Mexico. Below, a photographer captured the gleaming orb as it rose behind the Castle of Almódovar in Córdoba, southern Spain, on Sunday.

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