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

Supermoon 2012 from San Francisco: Lisa Delapo

Lisa Delapo

Skywatcher Lisa Delapo used a reflector telescope to capture this view of the supermoon of 2012, the May full moon, from the San Francisco Bay Area in California on May 5, 2012.

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 from Pisa, Italy: Giuseppe Petricca

Giuseppe Petricca

Skywatcher Giueseppe Petricca of Pisa, Italy, caught this view of the 2012 supermoon, the May full moon, from Pisa, Italy on May 5, 2012. Petricca used a NikonNikon P90 digital camera and ISO100.

Supermoon 2012 from Jordan: Carra Almond

Carra Almond

Skywatcher Carra Almond snapped this view of the suppermoon of 2012, May's full moon, from Amman, Jordan on May 5, 2012, using a digital camera.

Supermoon 2012 from Noida, India: Roopesh Kumar Singh

Roopesh Kumar Singh

Skywatcher Roopesh Kumar Singh caught this view of the 2012 supermoon, the full moon of May, from Noida, India, on May 5, 2012.

Supermoon 2012 Over Ohio: Brett Hoffman

Brett Hoffman

This photo of the 2012 supermoon comes from skywatcher Brett Hoffman, who captured the full moon of May rising over Worthington, Ohio, on May 5, 2012.

Supermoon 2012 Over Mumbai: Jatin Raval

Jatin Raval

The supermoon of 2012 shines through tree leaves near Juhu Beach in Mumbai, India, in this photo from skywatcher Jatin Raval taken on May 5, 2012.

Supermoon Glowing in Night Sky

ESA/NASA

A supermoon occurs when the full moon is seen at the shortest distance from Earth. The image was taken by André Kuipers from aboard the ISS on May 5, 2012.

Supermoon 2012 Over Hampton Beach: Uli Creighton

Uli Creighton

Skywatcher Uli Creighton snapped this photo of the May full moon, a so-called supermoon, from Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, on May 5, 2012.

Supermoon 2012 Over Oahu: James Davidson

James Davidson

This photo from James Davidson shows the supermoon of 2012 as seen from Ewa Beach Park on Oahu, Hawaii, on May 5, 2012 during the May full moon. A cruise ship is also visible as it departs Honolulu.

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