Photos: Supermoons Seen Around the World

From India to Rome to California, the larger-than-normal moon orbited at the closest point near Earth.

A "supermoon" rises next to the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon south of Athens, Greece, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. The phenomenon occurs once a year, when the moon's orbit, at its fullest cycle, is at its closest point to Earth.

A "supermoon" rises next to the ancient Greek temple of Poseidon south of Athens, Greece, on Saturday.

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The moon was about 13.5 percent closer to Earth than normal this weekend, helping photographers produce spectacular images.

The phenomenon known as the "Supermoon" occurs once a year, when the moon's orbit, at its fullest cycle, is at its closest point to Earth. The celestial brush-up officially occurred early Sunday morning, according to the AP.

The moon was 30 percent brighter and came within 222,000 miles of the planet, according to The Weather Channel.

The supermoon begins behind the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. Saturday, June 22, 2013.. (J. David Ake/AP)

The supermoon begins behind the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C. early Saturday evening.

The supermoon rises over street lamps in Baltimore Saturday, June 22, 2013. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

The supermoon rises over street lamps in Baltimore.

The supermoon rises over Rome Sunday, June 23, 2013. (Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

The supermoon rises over Rome Sunday.

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A detailed image of the supermoon over Tel Aviv, Israel on Sunday, June 23, 2013. (Ariel Schalit/AP)

A detailed image of the supermoon over Tel Aviv, Israel.

A statue atop the California state capitol building rears toward the supermoon in Sacramento on Sunday, June 23, 2013. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

A statue atop the California state capitol building rears toward the supermoon in Sacramento.

A hazy red illuminated downtown Kansas City, Mo. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

A hazy red illuminated downtown Kansas City, Mo.

 

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