"Supermoon" Lights Up Social Media

Many people took to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to document the phenomenon.

By Justin Ray
|  Sunday, Jun 23, 2013  |  Updated 10:59 AM CDT
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"Supermoon" Lights Up Social Media

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At 7:32 a.m. EDT Sunday, the moon was approximately 221,824 miles away.

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If you didn't look up in the sky early Sunday morning, you missed your chance to witness the largest, brightest full moon of the year.

At 7:32 a.m. EDT Sunday, the moon was at its closest point to Earth for the month, approximately 221,824 miles away. According to Live Science, the moon was expected to be 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal.

The occurrence, referred to by astronomers as the "perigee full moon” or the “supermoon" by casual observers, lasted about 12 hours. A moon of similar size and brightness isn’t expected to occur again until 2014, but thankfully many people documented the lunar event in photos.

Take a look at some of the images and messages people shared about the "supermoon" on social media.

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