Did you see the full Moon on Saturday night? Playfully called a “Supermoon”, it showed up larger than usual in the sky because its orbit was at the closest point to earth.
The Supermoon is scientifically called a perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system (perigee: closest point of an elliptical orbit; syzygy: straight line made of three bodies in a gravitational system).
While it occurs in each orbit, Saturday’s moon was particularly large. I’m back in my hometown of Montreal and we got a clear view, but some of the other views from around the world were stunning too!
Jean-Sébastien Roux’s crane "picking up" the supermoon in Montreal.
Just as they did in Poland, captured by Kamila Mazurkiewicz.
And in Paris, France as captured by VegaStar Carpentier.
And from space, from the photographer and astronaut André Kuipers (if you don’t follow him on Twitter at @astro_andre, you’re missing some great shots!)
And another, flattened moon from space.
Lucky for us, Alan Taylor has rounded up 24 of the best Supermoon photos from Saturday, so if these aren’t enough for you (they certainly weren’t for me!) then head over here
for the rest.