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The moon sets behind the Statue of Liberty in New York A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a New moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth–Moon–Sun system.The term "supermoon" is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology