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Super Moon tonight! Here are the best pics leading up to it

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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Saturday, July 12, 2014, 1:01 PM -

Tonight's full moon is officially a "Super Moon," and it rises at 8:56 EDT.

But in the day leading up to it, it already seemed full, and it looked spectacular through the lenses of our viewers, who sent in incredible shots of it as it slowly waxed to full.

If you miss it tonight, you needn't worry, there's more where it came from.

A "super moon" is a term coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, and his definition of one was "a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth."

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Five moons in 2014 meet that criterion. Two were New Moons in January and February, while the two remaining will be full moons, on the nights of August 10 and September 8.

Here are the best of last night's pictures of the impending Super Moon.

Sandra MacDonald, Thomson, Man.

Paul Vezina, Prince George, B.C.

Amber Rogers, Victoria, B.C.

Lena Ploughfelt, Nanaimo, B.C.

Marinus Pater, Georgetown, Halton Hills, Ont.

Diane Shea, Etobicoke, Toronto, Ont.

Steve Butts, Howe Island, Ont.

Liz Corbett, Erin, Ont.

Heather Richardson, Kingston, Ont.

Ron Bortolon, Thunder Bay, Ont.

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