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Super(moon) Selfie

Sara Camnetar (left) watches the moonrise Monday while her son, Justin takes a “selfie” with her as the Wolf Moon rises above Mille Lacs Lake in Garrison. The family joined others to take pictures of the supermoon on the historic viewing platform before traveling back to Chanhassen after visiting relatives over the holidays. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

Sara Camnetar (left) watches the moonrise Monday while her son, Justin takes a "selfie" with her as the Wolf Moon rises above Mille Lacs Lake in Garrison. The family joined others to take pictures of the supermoon on the historic viewing platform before traveling back to Chanhassen after visiting relatives over the holidays.

The first full moon of the year is a supermoon, according to NASA. A supermoon appears bigger and brighter than a full moon. According to NASA, a supermoon is what astronomers would call a perigean full moon: a full moon occurring near or at the time when the moon is at its closest point in its orbit around Earth, the USA Today reported.

A supermoon can appear as much as 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than when a full moon is at its farthest distance from Earth, NASA stated.

The astronomical term for a supermoon is "perigee syzygy." (Syzygy is when the sun, moon and Earth are all aligned in a straight line.) There will be a second chance to catch a supermoon at the end of January. Steve Kohls / Brainerd Dispatch

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