A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The most recent occurrence was on June 23, 2013, as the closest and largest full moon of the year and the Moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. It will not be so close again until August 10, 2014.

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A father and his son watch the moon rise over the skyline of New York from a lookout in Weekhawken, New Jersey. GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A woman photographs the moon as it rises over the skyline of New York from a lookout in Weekhawken, New Jersey. GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

The moon rises over monument Saints Cyril and Methodius, the fathers of Slavonic literature, in Vladivostok. YURI MALTSEV/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

The super moon is pictured behind the cross of a church in Vienna. HEINZ-PETER BADER/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

People watch the super moon rise in West Orange, New Jersey. GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

The super moon rises behind the skyline of New York's Lower Manhattan in West Orange, New Jersey. GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

The super moon rises at the Iwo Jima memorial in Arlington, Virginia. JASON REED/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

The super moon rises over the Iwo Jima memorial in Arlington. JASON REED/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

People ride the Luna Park Swing Ride as the Super Moon rises on Coney Island. CARLO ALLEGRI/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A woman watches the super moon rise in West Orange, New Jersey. GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

People walk through a gazebo as a super moon rises in West Orange, New Jersey. GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

Tourists look at the rising super moon from the elevated skywalk of the Supertrees Grove at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. TIM CHONG/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

Tourists walk on the elevated skywalk of the Supertrees Grove at the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, as the super moon rises at dusk. TIM CHONG/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

Tourists walk on elevated skywalk of Supertrees Grove as super moon rises at Gardens by the Bay in Singapore. TIM CHONG/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

Local residents do some fishing as the largest full moon of 2013, also referred to as a super moon, rises in Little Rock. GENE BLEVINS/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

Local residents do some fishing as the largest full moon of 2013, also referred to as a super moon, rises in Little Rock. GENE BLEVINS/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A super moon rises behind the monument to 18th century military commander Nauryzbai Batyr near the town of Kaskelen. SHAMIL ZHUMATOV/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

The full moon rises behind street lamps in Tbilisi. DAVID MDZINARISHVILI/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

The moon rises over the temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion east of Athens. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A supermoon rises over the temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, east of Athens. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A supermoon rises over the temple of Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of the seas, in Cape Sounion, east of Athens. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A supermoon rises over the temple of Poseidon, the ancient Greek god of the seas, in Cape Sounion east of Athens. YANNIS BEHRAKIS/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A super moon rises near the Four Towers business district of Madrid. PAUL HANNA/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A super moon rises near the Four Towers business district of Madrid. PAUL HANNA/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A super moon rises over Madrid. PAUL HANNA/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A super moon rises near the Four Towers business district of Madrid. PAUL HANNA/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

People gather to see the largest full moon of 2013, a super moon, in Seville. Marcelo del Pozo/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A super moon rises over Madrid. PAUL HANNA/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A super moon rises over Mundaka. VINCENT WEST/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

The super moon rises between the twin towers of Brazil's Congress in Brasilia. STRINGER/BRAZIL/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A fisherman waits for a catch as a super moon rises over Guadalmar beach in Malaga. JON NAZCA/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A woman takes a bath and a fisherman waits for a catch as a super moon rises over Guadalmar beach in Malaga. JON NAZCA/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A full moon also referred to as a super moon rises over New York as seen from West Orange, New Jersey. GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A full moon also referred to as a super moon rises over New York as seen from West Orange, New Jersey. GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A full moon also referred to as a super moon rises over New York as seen from West Orange, New Jersey. GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A full moon also referred to as a super moon rises over New York as seen from West Orange, New Jersey. GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A full moon also referred to as a super moon rises over New York as seen from West Orange, New Jersey. GARY HERSHORN/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

The moon is seen in an abnormally red colour as it rises in the Toronto Beaches. MARK BLINCH/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A silhouetted airplane flies past a supermoon over New York. ZORAN MILICH/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

People paddle illuminated paddle boards in the moon light as it rises over the Toronto Beaches. MARK BLINCH/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A Super moon rises behind the Washington Monument in Washington. NASA/REUTERS

Supermoon June 2013 in Pictures

A full moon also referred to as a super moon rises over the San Juan bonfire on the beach of Playa de Poniente in Gijon. ELOY ALONSO/REUTERS

Jun 24, 2013