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If you believe in more than one Super Moons per year, then this would be your first. Astronomers call such events perigee Moons, but the popular term is Super Moon. The actual Super Moon for 2015 occurs September 27. This image was captured in Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve, Portugal, at a distance of about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) from the medieval village and castle of Monsaraz. (3.2-inch Astro Professional ED80 refractor at f/7, Canon 6D, lens, ISO 2000, 1/125-second exposure, taken August 25, 2015, at 8:21 P.M. local time)
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