Supermoon The Best Shots of Biggest Full Moon
Giant Yellow Moon
If you looked at the full moon in this photo taken over the weekend at The Old Fortress of Corfu in Greece, and thought "That full moon seems bigger and brighter than normal," you would have been correct.
The photo, snapped by Βασίλης Μεταλληνός, was submitted to National Geographic's Your Shot gallery as part of a weekend hashtag assignment called #supermoon.
On Sunday, our lunar neighbor made its closest approach to Earth for the 2013 calendar year, appearing eight percent larger and 17 percent brighter than usual. (Read the full story of this year's supermoon.)
At its closest, the full moon clocked in at a distance of 221,824 miles (356,991 kilomters) from Earth. That's a bit closer than the typical 226,179 mile (364,000 kilomter) distance.
But what a difference it made.
"We saw it from the field with fireflies and hay bales. It bleached out the stars,"tweeted one poetic fan.
Others used the supermoon as a way to reflect.
"My cat is sad because yesterday's supermoon caused him to contemplate our galaxy's vastness & his smallness within it," tweeted @MySadCat.
Some also marked the occasion by taking photos of the moon in spots all over the world. Hundreds of you submitted your supermoon photos to National Geographic's Your Shot photo gallery. We've rounded up some of our favorites for your enjoyment but would love to see more. If you have a picture of the supermoon and would like to submit to to National Geographic's Your Shot, our editors will consider adding it to this gallery. Please include the hashtag#supermoon.
The supermoon hovers over Coverack (map), a fishing village in Cornwall, England on June 23.
Tides are highest during new and full moons—which means if a storm surge occurs during a new or full moon, then high coastal flooding may occur.
Bay Area Moon
The full moon rises above San Francisco's Bay Bridge on the evening of June 22. (Related: "San Francisco's Bay Bridge Becomes Public Art.")
While many people called the moon a "supermoon," that is not the term preferred by the astronomy community. They use the term "perigee full moon," to describe the phenomena.
While lunar enthusiasts may have ooh-ed and ahh-ed at the night sky this weekend, the supermoon is not a rare event.
The full moon overlaps with perigee about once a year. Here, it's pictured rising over the ancient temple of Poseidon in Greece on June 23.
However, because the moon's own orbit varies slightly, each year's supermoon also varies in its distance from Earth. Next year's supermoon—on August 10, 2014—will be even more luminous than this year's because the moon is expected to be even closer to Earth. (See pictures of last year's supermoon.)
The supermoon looms behind a Ferris wheel in Mudanya, Turkey (map). Photographers all over the world lined up to get their shots of the year's biggest full moon.
Anthony Cook, an observer at Los Angeles' Griffith Observatory, recommends looking for landmarks that can enhance an otherwise-ordinary shot of the moon.
"With a little planning, a distant landmark can add to the scene," he says.