Photos of the 2012 Supermoon

A "supermoon" is seen behind the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: AP/Victor R. Caivano)

In case it was cloudy where you were sitting on Saturday late evening or early Sunday, or if you plum forgot, or if you just can’t get enough of the amazing optical illusion, we’ve compiled some of the best images of the supermoon — the biggest and brightest full moon of 2012.

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In Brazil, the supermoon illuminated the landmark Christ the Redeemer statue and later set behind a shanty town. In Florida, fishermen worked their lines amid the moonlight in Bal Harbour. And near Athens, tourists watched as the moon rose behind the Temple of Poseidon.

The moon was the closest it will get to the Earth this year — and appeared 14 percent larger because of that. At its peak it was about 221,802 miles from Earth. That’s about 15,300 miles closer than average.

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Check out these photos from Blaze reader Derek Kind.

Photos of the 2012 Supermoon

(Photo: Derek Kind via Google Plus)

Photos of the 2012 Supermoon

Composite image of frames taken over a period of 12 minutes. (Photo: Derek Kind via Google Plus)

Photos of the 2012 Supermoon

(Photo: Derek Kind via Google Plus)

Here are a few more sent to us from Blaze readers:

Photos of the 2012 Supermoon

(Photo: Deirdre)

Photos of the 2012 Supermoon

Taken at the 2012 Cherry Point Airshow. (Photo: Olivia G.)

Photos of the 2012 Supermoon

(Photo: Mike Ybarra via Facebook)

Photos of the 2012 Supermoon

(Photo: Kevin F.)

Photos of the 2012 Supermoon

"Perigee on Buffalo" shot in Wyoming. (Photo: Darrin F. )

Photos of the 2012 Supermoon

Rising in Phoenix, AZ. (Photo: Chuck R.)

Photos of the 2012 Supermoon

Moon rising over Orrs Island, Harpswell, Maine. (Photo: Steve L.)

Photos of the 2012 Supermoon

Taken at Harbor Town in Hilton Head, South Carolina. (Photo: Jim Crotty via Flickr)

Blaze reader Dan D. even sent us this time-laspsed video from San Diego:

Check out this other time-lapse of the moon over Lake Michigan (Note: Jump to 25 seconds to see it beginning to rise):

Here are a couple more sent to the Associated Press:

Photos of the 2012 Supermoon

The moon rises in the Atlantic Ocean, Saturday, May 5, 2012 near Bal Harbour, Fla. (Photo: AP/Wilfredo Lee)

Photos of the 2012 Supermoon

The "supermoon" appears behind the Mare shanty town complex in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: AP/Victor R. Caivano)

If you have any more cool images — or more video — of the supermoon, send it our way.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

This story has been updated to include more photos and video sent to us from Blaze readers.