Check Out the First Gorgeous 'Supermoon' of the Summer

Supermoon Summer 2014: Pictures
A super moon rises in the sky above Manhattan and One World Trade Center as seen from the Eagle Rock Reservation in New Jersey
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updated 07/13/2014 at 10:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/13/2014 12:00PM

Truly, 2014 is the Summer of the Supermoon. Skywatchers everywhere will be blessed with three instances of the phenomenon, the first instance of which occurred Saturday.

Social media was abuzz with pics of the beautiful moon, and how could it not be? Aside from presumably creating super-powerful werewolves, the supermoon creates some seriously beautiful photo ops. Check out some of our favorites below.
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A full moon rises above the castle of Somoskoujfalu, outside of Budapest, Hungary

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A perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, rises beyond an American flag at Kauffman Stadium during a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers

Charlie Riedel / AP





We'll allow NASA to explain the supermoon, because when asked, we've simply been chalking it up to witchcraft.

"Supermoon is a situation when the moon is slightly closer to Earth in its orbit than on average, and this effect is most noticeable when it occurs at the same time as a full moon. So, the moon may seem bigger although the difference in its distance from Earth is only a few percent at such times."



Again, witchcraft. The next supermoons will take to the skies on August 10 and September 9.

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