If you managed to catch the last supermoon of 2017 back in November, you know that it’s a pretty miraculous experience. The moon is typically 238,000 miles away, but because of the nature of its drunken orbit around the Earth, it sometimes gets a little closer, and, very rarely, almost stumbles right into us. The supermoon occurs when the moon is at its perigee, which is the point in its orbit at which it is closest to Earth. When it occurs, the full moon looks 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than normal, and, depending on where you are, it can appear close enough to touch.
November’s supermoon was the first and last of 2017. While 2018 has only just begun, we’ve already greeted our first supermoon of the year, which we can only hope is a good omen. In case you missed it, here are some of the most incredible photos from this celestial phenomenon. And if you did miss it, don’t worry, there’ll be another one on January 31st. And for how to actually capture that incredible phenomenon, be sure you know Everything You Need to Know About Photographing A Supermoon.
The folks at NASA posted an interactive graphic on Twitter to help viewers compare a supermoon with the “regular” moon.
Tom Kerss, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England tweeted that the supermoon was “well worth waiting for.” The photo was captured with a small telescope and processed in high color for mineral reflectance.
Amateur photographer Chris Duncan captured this shot of the supermoon rising over Capitol Hill.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
“Note people on the platform at left,” Bob Fugate wrote in the caption to his stunning shot of the New Year’s Eve Supermoon at the Sandia Peak Tram in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Ochil Hills, Scotland
The supermoon illuminates the Seattle skyline as a Washington state ferry goes by in this photo by Sigma Sreedharan.
The Glastonbury Tor Supermoon at precisely 01:01:18, according to Keith Trueman.
Mayacamas Mountains, California
As pointed out by Kent Porter, the supermoon was also a wolf moon, aka the first full moon of the year.
The supermoon hiding behind the P & L apartment buildings in Kansas City, according to photographer Jeff Roberts.
An iconic shot over the Lincoln Memorial by area photographer Dave Lyons.