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 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than its smallest apparent size, called a micromoon.
That's because the moon's 27 day, 7 hour, 43 minute orbit around the Earth isn't a perfect circle, but 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 (405,554 km) away, and on Monday its perigee was about 222,000 miles (357,274 km) away.
Here's what this apparent size change looks like over the course of the year:
On Monday, it so happened that the 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 fakeonesmaking the rounds).
New York, New York:
Best #Supermoon pic I've seen yet. pic.twitter.com/oJZ15AemEB— Jason Martinez (@JasonFox29) November 14, 2016
#Supermoon rises behind soyuz rocket a few days before Expedition 50 launch w/@AstroPeggy, Novitskiy, @Thom_astro https://t.co/PqYOnuoJ5O pic.twitter.com/Bthn49HCXV— NASA HQ PHOTO (@nasahqphoto) November 14, 2016
Los Angeles, California:
AIR7 HD captures the #SuperMoon rising over Los Angeles https://t.co/uqAZeMnBOt pic.twitter.com/lAxCRAzFwA— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) November 14, 2016
Cannon Ball, North Dakota:
St. Louis, Missouri:
The #supermoon in St. Louis (📸 by @PDPJ, H/T @MeredithFrost) pic.twitter.com/ggSRtrjBAw— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 14, 2016
South El Monte, California:
How INCREDIBLE is this shot of a plane and the #supermoon last night? pic.twitter.com/lU5NhfR04z— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 14, 2016
New York, New York:
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