Supermoon Saturday – See The Pics!By: Lindsay McCane - July 12, 2014
If you happened to look into the sky early Saturday, you probably witnessed one of the coolest natural phenomenon’s!
Saturday, July 12 marked the first supermoon of the summer and was captured in hundreds of photographs across the globe.
So, what is a “supermoon?” According to the Weather Channel, a supermoon occurs when a new or full moon coincides with a perigee – when the moon is closest to the Earth. While they are incredibly beautiful, perigee moons are not that uncommon, and two are expected within the next two months- August 10 and September 9.
“Generally speaking, full Moons occur near perigee every 13 months and 18 days, so it’s not all that unusual,” Geogg Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory said in a statement for NASA. “In fact, just last year there were three perigee Moons in a row, but only one was widely reported.”
According to NASA, the supermoon appeared 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than normal for those who saw it.
Check out some pictures of the supermoon below.
Image via Wikimedia Commons