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.