Much of the nation got to witness the supermoon on Saturday night but in New Jersey we'll have to rely on pictures and video to view it.

A perigee moon, or supermoon, rises behind wind turbines on May 5, 2012 near Palm Springs, California.

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year arrived as Earth's celestial neighbor passes closer to Earth than usual.

But cloud cover over most of the state prevented anyone from seeing it in the skies over the Garden State.

The moon passed  about 15,000 miles closer to Earth than average. That made it appear bigger than usual.

At 11:34 p.m., the moon was about 221,802 miles from Earth. That's about 15,300 miles closer than average.

Like any full moon, it looked bigger when it's hanging close to the horizon, which happens around sunset.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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