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This Supermoon Hogs the Spotlight Sunday (Sorry, Perseid Meteors)

This weekend marks the year's most super-duper supermoon

This is the summer of the supermoon, with three full moons in a row that appear bigger and brighter than normal. But this weekend marks the year’s most super-duper supermoon: When the moon rises on Sunday evening, it’ll be as close as a full moon ever gets to Earth during 2014.

Purists will protest: At its closest, the full moon is about 14 percent wider and 30 percent brighter than it is at its farthest. That difference is virtually impossible to perceive with the naked eye. It becomes noticeable only when you compare two photos of the full moon taken under the same conditions at different times of year…

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