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Supermoon 2012 Photos: Big Full Moon Views from Around the World

Blue Sky and Supermoon

ESA/NASA

The blue colours of our atmosphere are a beautiful contrast with the supermoon. The image was taken by André Kuipers from aboard the ISS on May 5, 2012.

What Makes a 'Supermoon' Full Moon Super

Karl Tate/SPACE.com

Supermoons can appear 30 percent brighter and up to 14 percent larger than typical full moons. Learn what makes a big full moon a true 'supermoon' in this Space.com infographic.

Supermoon 2012 from Woburn: Imelda Joson/Edwin Aguirre

Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre

Veteran astrophotographers Imelda Joson and Edwin Aguirre captured this view of the supermoon of 2012, the full moon of May, on May 5, 2012, from Woburn, Mass.

Supermoon 2012 Over Florida: Dion Paul

Dion Paul

Palm fronds frame the supermoon of 2012 in this striking photo from skywatcher Dion Paul, who watched the biggest full moon of the year rise over Jacksonville, Fla., on May 5, 2012.

Supermoon 2012: Karthikeyan VJ

Karthikeyan VJ

Skywatcher Karthikeyan VJ snapped this view of the supermoon of 2012, the full moon of May, from Tallinn, Estonia, on May 5, 2012.

2012 Supermoon Over San Francisco

Mike Wall/SPACE.com

SPACE.com reporter Mike Wall snapped this photo of the supermoon over the western part of San Francisco on May 5, 2012.

Supermoon 2012 Over Toronto: Reuben Opena

Reuben Opena

The supermoon of 2012 rises over Toronto, Ontario in Canada in this spectacular photo by skywatcher Reuben Opena taken on May 5, 2012 during the biggest full moon of the year.

Supermoon 2012 from Walnut Creek, Calif.: Wayne Louie

Wayne Louie

Skywatcher Wayne Louie snapped this view of the May 2012 full moon, a so-called "supermoon," from Walnut Creek, Calif., on the evening of May 5, 2012.

Supermoon 2012 in Manchester, Wash.: Tonya Traylor

Tonya Traylor

Wispy clouds cover part of the supermoon of 2012 in this photo from skywatcher Tonya Traylor in Manchester, Wash., on May 5, 2012.

Supermoon 2012 in Turin, Italy: Stefano De Rosa

Stefano De Rosa

Photographer and skywatcher Stefano De Rosa snapped this amazing view of the May 2012 "supermoon," the full moon at perigee, as it appeared in Turin, Italy.

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