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Home A supermoon looks bigger than a “micromoon” (when the full moon is at apogee) because it’s about 40,000 kilometers closer to Earth on average. (NASA/JPL-Caltech) A supermoon looks bigger than a "micromoon" (when the full moon is at apogee) because it's about 40,000 kilometers closer to Earth on average. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

A supermoon looks bigger than a “micromoon” (when the full moon is at apogee) because it’s about 40,000 kilometers closer to Earth on average. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

A supermoon looks bigger than a "micromoon" (when the full moon is at apogee) because it's about 40,000 kilometers closer to Earth on average. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

A supermoon looks bigger than a “micromoon” (when the full moon is at apogee) because it’s about 40,000 kilometers closer to Earth on average. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

While they make for great photographs, images like this one that rely on a special photographic technique aren’t an accurate representation of what the supermoon will look like to the naked eye. (NASA/Bill Ingalls)
It’s nearly impossible to compare the apparent size of the supermoon with a micromoon from memory, but when seen side-by-side as in this graphic, it becomes clear. (NASA/JPL-Caltech)