Spectacular Photos of the Supermoon

PHOTO: People take photos as a perigee moon also known as a supermoon rises above a bridge over Vardar River in Skopje, Macedonia, Aug. 10, 2014.
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Stargazers who stayed indoors Sunday night missed out on a real treat.

The biggest and fullest moon of the year -- a supermoon -- lit up the night sky.

In case you were busy indoors or had an early bedtime, we have you covered.

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A supermoon occurs when the Earth is at its closest distance to the moon.

PHOTO: A couple talk as they sit against the perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, in Madrid, Aug. 10, 2014.
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PHOTO: A couple talk as they sit against the perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, in Madrid, Aug. 10, 2014.

The full moon occurred at 2:09 p.m. EDT, according to Space.com. This means that while heavens watchers in North America were treated to a spectacular moon on the horizon at nightfall, they were technically looking at a waning gibbous moon.

PHOTO: A girl plays with a dog as a perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises in Madrid, Aug. 10, 2014.
Andres Kudacki/AP Photo
PHOTO: A girl plays with a dog as a perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises in Madrid, Aug. 10, 2014.

There are four to six supermoons every year, and during those times, the moon is 30,000 miles closer to the Earth than the normal distance. NASA tweeted that the August supermoon was expected to be 14 percent closer to Earth and 30 percent brighter than other full moons.

PHOTO: The supermoon rises over the Mediterranean sea at Cabopino beach in southern Spain, August 10, 2014.
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PHOTO: The supermoon rises over the Mediterranean sea at Cabopino beach in southern Spain, August 10, 2014.

While this supermoon was billed as the best of 2014, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson pointed out on Twitter that it was only slightly more superior than the last full moon on July 13.

PHOTO: Fireworks streak past in front of the supermoon outside the town of Mosta in central Matla as the town celebrates the feast of its patron saint on August 10, 2014.
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PHOTO: Fireworks streak past in front of the supermoon outside the town of Mosta in central Matla as the town celebrates the feast of its patron saint on August 10, 2014.

If you're kicking yourself for missing the free show in the sky, you have another chance.

Put Sept. 8 on your calendar. That's when the next supermoon is expected to grace the heavens.

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