It’s Supermoon 2013! The larger lunar lobe lights up the Levant

Published June 25th, 2013 - 10:44 GMT

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A picture taken on June 23, 2013 shows a full moon rising the 'Judean Desert' in the Israeli occupied Palestinian West Bank.
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Image 1 of 7: A picture taken on June 23, 2013 shows a full moon rising the "Judean Desert" in the Israeli occupied Palestinian West Bank.

Fourteen percent bigger looks like this. In this illustration, the Galileo spacecraft shows the approximate difference in apparent size between a full moon at perigee.
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Image 1 of 7: Fourteen percent bigger looks like this. In this illustration, the Galileo spacecraft shows the approximate difference in apparent size between a full moon at perigee.

The super moon over the Tower of David in Jerusalem, Israel.
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Image 1 of 7: The super moon over the Tower of David in Jerusalem, Israel.

A supermoon appears behind the Minaret of Mohamed Ali Mosque in Islamic Cairo, Egypt.
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Image 1 of 7: A supermoon appears behind the Minaret of Mohamed Ali Mosque in Islamic Cairo, Egypt.

Supermoon next to ruins in Greece.
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Image 1 of 7: Supermoon next to ruins in Greece.

A supermoon rising up and above Beirut, Lebanon.
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Image 1 of 7: A supermoon rising up and above Beirut, Lebanon.

A clear supermoon rising in Cyprus.
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Image 1 of 7: A clear supermoon rising in Cyprus.

Forget Superman, Super Walmart, the Super Bowl and even the Super Nintendo. For this Slide Show, it's all about the supermoon.

And what exactly is a supermoon?

It's a rare celestial occurrence that happens once every 14 full moons that makes the moon look 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than it usually is. Last Saturday, the moon was approximately 2 percent closer to us Earthlings - the closest in 20 years.

Meanwhile, there's been wild speculation – mainly on the Internet – linking the supermoon to natural disasters all over the world. On January 10, 2005, a tsunami hit Indonesia causing devastating damage. Just a few weeks later, a supermoon appeared. And in January of 2010, a catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti. Eighteen days later guess who showed up? Supermoon.

People have also linked the supermoon to Hurricane Katrina, which practically wiped out several southeastern states in the US.

So, does this “rare celestial occurrence” cause natural disasters? The short answer – at least according to experts – is no.

And for anyone that's curious, the moon is approximately 384,400km away from our planet. On June 23, stargazers around the globe got a real treat as they watched – and photographed – the moon dubbed in its “super” form. With all that being said, we thought we'd put together the best photos from around the region.

Enjoy.

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