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Heads up! Supermoon is here

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    Mike Zacchino - AP
    A supermoon rises over the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore, Saturday, July 12, 2014. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Mike Zacchino) MAGAZINES OUT; TV OUT; LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT
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    Nick Ut - AP Photo
    A supermoon is viewed from Whittier, Calif., Saturday, July 12, 2014.
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    LM Otero - AP Photo
    A supermoon moves across the sky behind the neon green lights of the Bank of America Tower in downtown Dallas, Saturday, July 12, 2014.
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    Nick Ut - AP Photo
    A palm tree is silhouetted against a supermoon in Whittier, Calif., Saturday, July 12, 2014.
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    Mark J. Terrill - AP Photo
    A plane flies pasts a supermoon as a palm tree grows in the foreground during a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium, Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Los Angeles.

Look! Up in the sky! It's supermoon!

Because our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth, these full moons will appear to be unusually large. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it's close and full, it appears bigger and brighter than normal, although the difference can be hard to detect.

The full moon Saturday may seem huge, but it's just an illusion caused by its position in the sky.

Two other supermoons will come later this summer on Aug. 10 and Sept. 9.

Check out these supermoons from around the world:

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NASA on supermoons: http://1.usa.gov/1jxZkPt

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