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The supermoon lit up night skies around the world on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, drawing awe from many spectators.
A supermoon is a full moon that falls near or on perigee, the point in the moon’s orbit where it is closest to the Earth. This causes it to appear slightly larger and brighter than normal.
An optical illusion, known as the "moon illusion," makes the moon appear even larger when it is close to the horizon compared to when it is high in the sky.
Sunday's moon was the first of three consecutive supermoons. The next two will occur on Jan. 1 and Jan. 31, 2018.
Photos from around the world capture the stunning event.
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One of the most famous meteor showers of the year is set to reach its peak this weekend as the Orionids will be visible in the night sky.
Homes were flooded and more than two dozen people had to be rescued from their cars as torrential rain triggered flooding in eastern Spain late this week.
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While rain will become much less widespread and generally subside over Texas this weekend, the threat of more heavy rain and renewed flooding is not over for the Lone Star State.
While another storm brews, newly formed Tropical Storm Vicente is expected to strengthen with southern and southwestern Mexico facing potential impacts into next week.
Locally gusty winds will contribute to an elevated risk of wildfire ignition and spread across parts of Southern California through Saturday.
Snow dusted parts of New York up to Canada this week while Texas dealt with major, deadly flooding.
The winter of 2018-2019 will bring a variety of weather risks to Germany, ranging from damaging windstorms to flooding rainfall and impactful snowfall.