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The only supermoon of 2017, as seen worldwide

The moon appeared at its biggest and brightest of the year, and the world's photographers rushed to capture some spectacular shots of our satellite.

1 of 15 NASA/Bill Ingalls

Supermoon on Capitol Hill

NASA captured this photo of the first and only supermoon of 2017 as it rises behind Washington, DC on Dec. 3. A supermoon occurs when the moon's orbit is at its closest to Earth at the same time it is full. If you missed seeing it in person, you won't have to wait another year for your next chance to glimpse it. Two more will occur on Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2018. Meanwhile, enjoy the supermoon in all its majesty with our gallery of photos from around the world.

2 of 15 NASA/Bill Ingalls

Hey, watch out!

An aircraft taking off from Ronald Reagan National Airport near Washington, DC is seen passing in front of the supermoon as it rises in another NASA photo.

3 of 15 NASA/Bill Ingalls

Super-creepy moon?

The supermoon took an especially ominous red hue over Washington, DC in this NASA photo.

4 of 15 Dominic Bugatto

Only 1 is open 24 hours

Toronto-based photographer Dominic Bugatto captured this shot of the supermoon competing with the more mundane artificial light of a convenience store.

5 of 15 Craig Rogers

Supermoon rising

The supermoon caught on the rise above the ridges of the Algarve Serra in Portugal by photographer Craig Rogers.

6 of 15 Fernando Vega

Mediterranean moon

The supermoon was the only thing that could make an evening on the Spanish isle of Mallorca more elegant in this photo by Fernando Vega.

7 of 15 Mark Lowe


There was an addition to the neighborhood in this photo of the massive-looking moon taken by Charlotte-based Mark Lowe.

8 of 15 Martin Criminale

Emerald City supermoon

Seattle is known for cloudy skies, but in the case of the supermoon, some wispy ones only added to the effect. Thank Martin Criminale for the photo.

9 of 15 Piotr Potepa

Polish nights

This supermoon shot from Poland comes via "nightscapes" specialist Piotr Potepa.

10 of 15 David Yu

The supermoon by the Bay

David Yu grabbed a particularly huge-looking supermoon behind the San Francisco skyline in this photo take from Alameda island across the bay.

11 of 15 Carrie McGann

Folsom ain't just a prison

The supermoon shines down on California's Folsom Lake in this photo by Carrie McGann.

12 of 15 Mike Vosburg

Harvest supermoon

A bucolic setting for the supermoon rising in this photo from Pennsylvania by Mike Vosburg.

13 of 15 Lukias Saikul

Super close-up

This photo from UK photographer Lukias Saikul provides a closer look at the moon on its closest approach of the year.

14 of 15 Simon Wright

Supermoon or sunset?

The supermoon is so bright in this photo of it rising over the UK by Simon Wright that you could easily mistake it for a sunset.

15 of 15 Stuart Zahn

Hey, pal

Portland, Oregon photographer Stuart Zahn captured this image of a pine tree attempting to high five the supermoon.

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