Full Moon over giant statue of the Martin Luther King Jr.
Source: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani
Published: January 31, 2019
Historical Date: November 14, 2016

A November 2016 "supermoon" sets over the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC.

A supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth. Early Monday morning, the moon was the closest it has been to Earth since 1948 and it appeared 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger than the average monthly full moon.

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