A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system.
The most recent occurrence was on June 23, 2013, as the closest and largest full moon of the year and the Moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. It will not be so close again until August 10, 2014.
Supermoons occur about once every 14 full moons in a full moon cycle.
Below are the stunning images of the "supermoon" as it rises all around the world.
Camels wonder under the biggest and brightest full moon of the year as it rises over the Judean Desert in the West Bank on Sunday, June 23. The moon reached ts biggest and brightest appearance of the year on Sunday morning, when it was at the closest point to Earth in its orbit.
Onlookers view the full moon over the city of Rome on June 23.
The full moon rises over Lisbon, Portugal, on June 23.
Super moon is seen behind the Marina district towers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on June 23.
The Supermoon is seen over the Statue of Liberty on June 23 in New York.
This view is behind a building of the Forbidden City in Beijing on June 23.
The moon lights the sky over San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, on June 23.
A cotton candy vendor weaves through the crowd during the Los Angeles Angels' baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, June 22.
A full moon rises behind the Jefferson Memorial in Washington on June 22.
The Supermoon rises over the temple of Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of the seas, as the sun sets on Cape Sounion outside Athens, Greece, on June 22.
The moon rises behind the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia, on June 22.
The moon hangs in the sky over Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on June 22