Last May 5, people from all over the world were treated to a spectacular lunar display as a massive full moon, dubbed the supermoon, rose into the night sky.
“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 moon’s disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system.” (Source.)
The supermoon was last seen on March 19 last year, and before that, some 18 years ago. They say last weekend’s supermoon is the mother of all supermoons so far (well, technically, there’s only one moon, but… you know what I mean).
Here are some photos of the supermoon in 2011 and 2012. These were taken by both professional and amateur photographers from around the globe. Click on the photos to go to the source. Enjoy!
The Supermoon shines over the 25 de Abril Bridge and Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal.
Washington DC, USA.
Washington Moonrise. Tim McCord.
Skywatcher Tim McCord of Entiat, Washington caught this amazing view of the March 19, 2011 full moon – called a supermoon because the moon was at perigee, the closest point to Earth in its orbit – using a camera-equipped telescope.
Greg Kerr and Allie Mahoney skate under a full moon on Pigeon Lake near Bobcayeon, Ontario, March 19. Saturday saw the rise of a full moon called a “Super Moon” where it arrives at its closest point to the Earth in 2011, at a distance of 221,565 miles away.
Unfortunately, the night sky was overcast this side of the world last weekend. I attempted to take photos of the moon myself, but all in vain. This is the best that I could do:
Hopefully, there will be another one next year, or at least in my lifetime. Maybe by then, I will be more prepared.:)