21 striking photos of the largest supermoon in nearly 70 years

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Early Monday morning — or evening, depending on where you live — the largest full moon of the year, called the supermoon, shined its biggest and brightest in nearly 70 years.

Size is relative though. The November 14 supermoon was about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than its smallest apparent size, called a micromoon.

That's because the moon's 27-day, 7-hour, and 43-minute orbit around the Earth isn't a perfect circle — it's an ellipse. You get a closer point to Earth, or perigee, and a more distant point, or apogee.

The moon's apogee this month is about 252,000 miles away, and on Monday its perigee was about 222,000 miles away.

Here's what this apparent size change looks like over the course of the year:

moon libration wobble

It so happened on Monday that Earth, moon, and sun lined up in such a way to make the supermoon a little bit brighter and bigger than usual. As NASA explains, the next supermoon of this kind technically won't happen until November 25, 2034.

Technicalities aside, though, photographers from around the world showed up to take some beautiful photos and videos of the supermoon.

Here are 22 of the best shots we can verify aren't fake (and boy, are there some fakeones making the rounds).

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Monday's supermoon seen around the world
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Monday's supermoon seen around the world
A jet plane flies across the moon seen from Beijing, China, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. The brightest moon in almost 69 years lights up the sky on Monday in a treat for star watchers around the globe. The phenomenon is known as the supermoon. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
The moon rises near Glastonbury Tor a day before the "supermoon" spectacle, in Glastonbury, Britain November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
The supermoon appears near the Statue of Liberty, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, in New York. Monday's supermoon, a phenomenon that happens when the moon makes a close pass at the earth, is the closest to earth since 1948. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
The weathercock of the church of St.Peter and Paul is seen in front of a moon on the eve of the "supermoon" spectacle in the village of Klein-Auheim near Hanau, Germany, early evening November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
The moon rises from behind apartment buildings in Beijing, China, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. The brightest moon in almost 69 years will be lighting up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
People on a funfair ride are silhouetted against the moon a day before the "supermoon" spectacle, in London, Britain November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall
BAIKONUR, KAZAKHSTAN - NOVEMBER 14: In this handout provided by NASA, The supermoon, is seen rising behind the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad on November 14, 2016 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos, and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan the morning of November 18 (Kazakh time.) All three will spend approximately six months on the orbital complex. A supermoon occurs when the moon's orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth. (Photo by Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images)
The moon rises behind the castle of Almodovar in Cordoba, southern Spain, on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. The Supermoon on November 14, 2016, will be the closest a full moon has been to Earth since January 26, 1948. (AP Photo/Miguel Morenatti)
Tourists take photographs of the rising moon in Gauhati, India, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. The brightest moon in almost 69 years lights up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe. The phenomenon known as the supermoon will reach its most luminescent in North America before dawn on Monday. (AP Photo/ Anupam Nath)
A Supermoon sets behind buildings in the Chinatown section of Los Angeles, California, early November 14, 2016. The phenomenon happens when the moon is full at the same time as, or very near, perigee -- its closest point to Earth on an elliptical, monthly orbit. It was the closest to Earth since 1948 at a distance of 356,509 kilometres (221,524 miles), creating what NASA described as 'an extra-supermoon'. / AFP / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
An aeroplane flies past the London Eye wheel, and moon, a day before the "supermoon" spectacle in London, Britain, November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville
A woman is silhouetted against the moon while walking her dog Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in La Habra, Calif. Monday's so-called supermoon will be the closest the moon comes to us in almost 69 years. And it won't happen again for another 18 years. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Participants in a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb (L) walk across the western span of the famous Australian landmark as the Super Moon rises after sunset, November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Jason Reed
The supermoon rises over the Missouri River, pictured from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith
The moon rises beyond downtown buildings Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016, in Kansas City, Mo. Monday's so-called supermoon will be extra super - it will be the closest the moon comes to us in almost 69 years. And it won't happen again for another 18 years. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Light from the moon shines through a U.S. flag in South El Monte, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. Monday morning's supermoon will be the closet a full moon has been to the Earth since Jan. 26, 1948. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
The moon rises over the San Gabriel Valley, as seen from Rosemead, Calif., Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. Monday morning's supermoon will be the closet a full moon has been to the Earth since Jan. 26, 1948. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
An eagle is silhouetted against the 'supermoon' in Kathmandu, Nepal November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
The supermoon sets behind the Chrysler Building in New York, U.S., November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
A full moon rises behind a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin on the eve of the "supermoon" spectacle, Baikonur, Kazakhstan, November 13, 2016. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A full moon is seen through Christmas tree illuminations in Sapporo, northern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo November 14, 2016. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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