Moon rising behind Washington Monument obelisk.
Source: NASA/Bill Ingalls
Published: April 25, 2019
Historical Date: June 23, 2013

A supermoon rises behind the Washington Monument, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Washington.

This year the Supermoon is up to 13.5% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full Moon is. This is a result of the Moon reaching its perigee — the closest that it gets to the Earth during the course of its orbit.

During perigee on 23 June the Moon was about 221,824 miles (35,6991 kilometers) away, as compared to the 252,581 miles (406490 kilometers) away that it is at its furthest distance from the Earth (apogee).

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