In case you missed it, last night’s supermoon was a pretty big deal. Although the phenomenon is fairly common, this particular example was a tad more special than most.
It appeared around 14% larger and 30% brighter than this year’s smallest full moon back in April. That’s largely because the moon last night was much, much closer to earth. In fact, NASA suggests that it’s the closest full moon to Earth so far this century.
According to NASA, the term “supermoon” is a bit more scientific than the common it’s just a larger full moon notion suggests.
Supermoon is actually “a term from modern astrology for a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit”, but generally, that term is now used to describe more prominent full moons.
Either way, last night’s moon was definitely super. So let’s freeze time and have a look at some of the best snaps on Instagram of last night’s supermoon.
M O O N S E T The supermoon setting over the ocean this morning with @benjaminmalherbe 🌕 . . . . . . . . . . . . #southafrica #africa #explore #lostandfound #landscape #work #southafrica # #moderndayexplorer #adventure #welivetoexplore #film #filmmaker #cinematographer #djiinspire1 #dji #sunset #nakedplanet #canon #canon5D #filmmaker #sunset #create #wildlife #livingmypassion #wheredoyousummer #goingplacestogether #earthpix #beautiful #lonelyplanet #huffpostgram #supermoon
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The November supermoon was the closest full moon we’ve seen so far this century
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If you happened to miss the supermoon — worry not. There’ll be another, albeit a slightly smaller, dimmer supermoon, on 16 December 2016.