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

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A perigee moon, or supermoon, rises behind wind turbines on May 5,... News PhotoAlternative Energy,Astronomy,California,Close To,Desert,Engineering,Environment,Environmental Issues,Fuel and Power Generation,Horizontal,Moon,Nature,Palm Springs - California,Science,Science and Technology,Space,Space Mission,Supermoon,Technology,Turbine,USAPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2012 Getty ImagesPALM SPRINGS, CA - MAY 5: A perigee moon, or supermoon, rises behind wind turbines on May 5, 2012 near Palm Springs, 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 McNew/Getty Images)