We rounded up the best of the night.
If last night's full moon looked particularly large, it's because the moon was the closest it's been to the Earth since January 26, 1948. The moon, called a supermoon due to its close proximity to the Earth, appeared so massive because of its positioning on its orbit. The next similarly large supermoon won’t occur until November 25, 2034 (though look out for a slightly less impressive one in December), so we rounded up the best photos of the event, taken from various places around the world.
Arches National Park near Moab, Utah
Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan
It's a bird, it's a plane... no, it's a #supermoon! The moon, or supermoon, is seen rising behind the Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan today. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos, and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:20 p.m. EST Thursday. All three will spend approximately six months on the orbital complex. A supermoon occurs when the moon's orbit is closest (perigee) to Earth. The moon was the closest to the Earth since 1948 and won't be again until 2034. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls #nasa #space #supermoon #moon #soyuz #rocket #rsa #iss #spacestation #nasabeyond #astronauts
San Francisco, California
Albuquerque, New Mexico
I went out and shot the super moon last night from a field near some extinct volcanoes, across the valley from the Sandia mountains. I lugged about 120 lbs of gear 150 yards up a hill to get this shot (took 4 trips up and 3 trips down - I'm sore today!). So what is a "Super Moon"? Because the moon's orbit around earth is not a perfect circle, it varies in distance. When the moon is closest to the earth, this is called "Lunar perigee". When it is farthest, we call it "Lunar apogee". A "Super Moon" happens when we get a full moon at or near Lunar perigee. Tonight, we saw the closest one in 68 years, making the moon appear 14% larger and 50% brighter. I had to use a much quicker exposure time and lower ISO sensitivity than usual, so it was measurably brighter, even with my amateur equipment! If you missed it, there will be another "Super Moon" next month, but it won't be quite as big - that won't happen again until 2034.
New York, NY
"Given the significance of this 'Super Moon,' being the closest to Earth since 1948 and knowing it won't be this close again until 2034, I really wanted to try and capture a different perspective of the event here in Perth. Having spent the last couple of days racking my brain to come up with a few locations, I narrowed it down to 3 possibilities.I decided to settle on the Fremantle option, shooting the War Memorial at Monument Hill from behind as the moon rose in the East. To my surprise the Memorial was crowded with people and to my delight, I was alone at this location to capture this set of images. This was shot on a 600mm with an extender." - @kaney68 | November 14, 2016 | #GettyImagesNews #Supermoon
Castillo Almodóvar Del Río in Córdoba, Andalusia