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Posted: November 14, 2016

Supermoon yields spectacular views

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By Bob D'Angelo

Cox Media Group National Content Desk

The skies early Monday were dominated by a spectacular supermoon, the closest the satellite has been to Earth since January 1948 and a sight that won’t occur again until 2034.

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The moon appears to be 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the average full moon.

The distance between Earth and its moon changes because the moon’s orbit is elliptical. While the average full moon is about 236,790 miles from Earth, Monday’s moon will be 221,525 miles away – a difference of 15,265 miles. 

In South Florida the skies were clear for the view, while other parts of the state were cloudy and obstructed the view somewhat. Around the world, photographers captured the unique event and posted their work on social media sites.


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