The last supermoon

The supermoon phenomenon, which occurs when a full or new moon makes it closest approach to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, marks the last of this summer's three "supermoons."

  • A passenger aircraft descends towards Heathrow Airport with a full moon seen behind, in west London. REUTERS/Toby Melville

  • The full moon silhouettes the statue of the Virgin Mary on top the University of Notre Dame's golden dome in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin)

  • A couple sits on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River as the full moon rises in the distance in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

  • The moon rises over the Giralda, the tower of Seville's Cathedral in Spain. (AP Photo/Miguel Angel Morenatti)

  • A full moon rises over the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood, California. Jonathan Alcorn/Getty Images/AFP

  • A supermoon rises over the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

  • A couple kiss in front of the full moon in Burgos. AFP PHOTO / CESAR MANSO

  • The full moon rises above the St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • This picture shows the full moon behind a cross on a church in Minsk. AFP PHOTO / MAXIM MALINOVSKY

  • The full moon is seen rising in the sky above the domes of the Smolny Cathedral in St.Petersburg, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • The rising full moon is seen from Valletta. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

  • A woman takes a picture of a perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rising in the sky in Madrid Spain. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • The third supermoon of the summer rises over the Stratosphere Casino Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

  • The full moon rises behind the lighthouse on the breakwater of Valletta's Grand Harbour. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

  • The supermoon rises east of the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

  • People watch a perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rising in the sky in Madrid Spain. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

  • Flowers are silhouetted against the full moon in Ghent, western Belgium. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)

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