Supermoon Shines Over Washington Monument | Space Wallpaper

Supermoon Over Washington Monument

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A supermoon climbed its way to the top of the Washington Monument, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Washington as seen in the amazing space wallpaper. This year the supermoon is up to 13.5 percent larger and 30 percent 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 June 23 the Moon was about 221,824 miles away, as compared to the 252,581 miles away that it is at its furthest distance from the Earth (apogee). This image was released June 24, 2013. [Supermoon Photos: Biggest Full Moon of 2013 in Pictures]

Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

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