Moon Appears Bigger And Brighter, As Its Closer To Earth Than Normal

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A jet on the approach to Los Angeles International Airport crosses in... News PhotoAirport,Approaching,Bestpix,Biology,California,City Of Los Angeles,Event,Full Moon,Harvest Moon,Horizontal,LAX Airport,Moon,Reaching,Science and Technology,Setting,Supermoon,Topix,USAPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 David Hume KennerlyLOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 5: A jet on the approach to Los Angeles International Airport crosses in front of the 'Super Moon,' an event that occurs when the full moon reaches the part of its path that is closest to Earth seen from Baldwin Hills May 5, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The moon appears especially big and bright during this once-a-year cosmic event as the full moon is at its closest to the Earth in its elliptical orbit. The perigee side of its orbit is about 31,000 miles closer than the opposite, or apogee, side. The bright light of the full moon also hides all but the brightest meteors of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, the remnant debris trail of Halley's Comet. (Photo by David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images