Closest ‘Supermoon’ Since 1948 Thrills Skywatchers


This month’s full moon came the closest to Earth that it has been since 1948. Skywatchers and astrophotographers flocked to see the big, bright moon in all of its glory Sunday night (Nov. 13).

The full supermoon peaked this morning (Nov. 14) at 8:52 a.m. EST (1352 GMT), but it will still look “super” for about a day after its maximum. So if you haven’t seen it yet, there’s still some time to go check it out. [Supermoon November 2016: When, Where & How to See It]

But just in case you aren’t able to see the supermoon, has you covered. You check out awesome photos of the supermoon by’s superfans in our supermoon photo gallery.
chris-cook_super-duper-moonPhotographer Chris Cook took a self-portrait with what he called the “super-duper full moon” in the background on Sunday evening in Eastham, Massachusetts. Cook said that as the moon was rising, “it didn’t look any bigger than other moonrises, but once it got higher in the sky later that night it did seem larger than a full moon at apogee,” or the point in the moon’s orbit at which it is farthest from Earth.
bill-hood_supermoon_comparisonThe difference in size between the supermoon and other full moons can be difficult to see — it only appears about 14 percent larger than usual. To offer some comparison with other full moons, photographer Bill Hood created the composite image that’s shown above.

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