Your photos of the supermoon

Randall Craig
December 5, 2017

Astrophysicists say the Supermoon often "sounds far more impressive than it actually is".

A Super Moon is when the moon appears brighter and closer in the sky because its orbit takes it closest to Earth. It looked rather XXL in last night's clear skies - so much so that you might have been tempted to say, "That's no moon..." At 3.47pm yesterday - the exact moment of full moon - it was 222,761 miles from Earth, closer than the average distance of 238,900 miles.

The moon's orbit around the Earth is elliptical.

In the morning light, the 2017 supermoon drifted over the horizon, disappearing from view until next year.

. Nearby perigee full Moons appear about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than full Moons that occur near apogee in the Moon's orbit.

Supermoons are set to occur twice in January, on the 2nd and 31st.

Even astronauts at the International Space Station had a chance to photograph the supermoon from a unique vantage point of 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth.

As is the case with all celestial events, there are a few things you'll need to hope for if you want to catch this year's supermoon.

Supermoon, Dec. 3, looking over Capitol Hill.

If you missed December's supermoon, don't worry - there are two more supermoons coming up in January, and one of them will coincide with a lunar eclipse. Or why supermoons don't happen every month?

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