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Supermoon lights up Sunday night sky

August 14, 2014

A perigee moon, or Supermoon, rises over the trees early Sunday evening. The moon was bigger and brighter than it has been for the last 20 years as it came within 221,765 miles of the earth, the closest it will be to the earth this calendar year. Sunday’s moon appeared 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than the average moon and affected the number of meteors that could be seen by the naked eye two days before the Perseids meteor shower reached its peak. While the largest of this year’s Supermoons is now behind us, Skywatchers can still enjoy the Perseids through August 24.