If you saw the moon rise Saturday, you saw something special — possibly the biggest and brightest full moon you’ll ever see.
Scientists call it a super full moon — supermoon for short. It’s a show Nature puts on once every 18 years or so when the moon reaches its closest approach to Earth (perigee) in its elliptical orbit just as it’s also reaching maximum fullness.
It happened on Saturday, March 19, 2011, and word is that this supermoon will go down as the best for a few 18-year cycles to come.
Missed it? Bummer. Then be glad other people didn’t. All around the world, moonwatchers were out capturing beautiful images of the event.
So if you didn’t see the supermoon with your own eyes, you can still see it through theirs.
The images above and below are a taste of the beautiful photographs people took. Click on any of them or the links farther down to see more.
See & learn more:
• To view all these images and many others, click here, here, here, here, here, here and especially here.
• To learn more about the supermoon phenomenon and see some great videos and graphics, click here, here, here, here and here.