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Up in the Israeli Night Sky, It's Supermoon!

The largest, brightest and closest-to-Earth full moon in 20 years appears in the sky.

Olivier Fitoussi

The largest, brightest and closest-to-Earth full moon of 2014 appeared in Israel’s skies on Sunday night.

A girl plays with a dog as a perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises in Madrid, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Photo by AP
The moon is reflected as yellow sparks upon a darkening harbor in Edgartown, Mass., Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, on the island of Martha's Vineyard. President Barack Obama and his family are vacationing on the island. Photo by AP
The full moon, nicknamed "the supermoon", rises over Belgrade on August 10, 2014. Photo by AFP
This picture taken on August 10, 2014 shows the supermoon being seen through a statue in Jilin, northeast China's Jilin province. Photo by AFP
The perigee moon or "supermoon" is seen above the US Marine Corp War Memorial on August 10, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by AFP
The supermoon glows behind a person doing yoga on the beach on August 10, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. Photo by AFP
People watch a full moon known as a "supermoon" while it rises over the skyline of New York and the Empire State Building, as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey, August 10, 2014. Photo by Reuters
On the night of the supermoon, Rafael Fonseca plays soccer on August 10, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. Photo by AFP
A supermoon rises over a house on August 10, 2014 in Spencer, New York. Photo by AFP
A full moon known as "supermoon" rises over the skyline of New York and the Empire State Building as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, New Jersey, August 10, 2014. Photo by Reuters
People gather in the park as a perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises in Madrid, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. Photo by AP
The full moon descends behind the Nossa Senhora da Penha Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 10, 2014. Photo by AFP

Astronomers say the moon was closer to the Earth – 356,398 kilometers away – than it’s been in 20 years. Because the moon’s orbit around Earth is elliptical, its distance from Earth changes.

This “supermoon,” scientifically dubbed “perigean moon,” looks larger than average because it is both full and close to Earth. The celestial object was set to appear 14 percent larger than is usual for a full moon, and 20 percent to 30 percent brighter.