7 Incredible Views of the 2012 Super Moon

On Saturday May 5, 2012, the lunar perigee coincided with a full moon. This fascinating event occurs about once a year. At its closest point, the moon will be 222,000 miles (357,000 km) from Earth, causing high and low tides to be slightly more extreme than usual. [Source: The Telegraph]

The exact numbers differ depending on who you source, but according to NASA the moon appears up to 14% larger and 30% brighter. The scientific term for the phenomenon is “perigee moon”. Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon’s orbit. The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side (“perigee”) about 50,000 km closer than the other (“apogee”).

The best time to look is when the Moon is near the horizon. For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings, and other foreground objects. The last Super perigee Moon occurred on March 19th, 2011, producing a full Moon that was almost 400 km closer. [Source: NASA]

A search today on Flickr for photos tagged with ‘Super moon’ taken in the last 24 hours brought up over 5,000 results, many that are quite spectacular. Below you will find a collection of 10 that stood out. These photos were posted using Flickr’s ‘share’ button.

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Supermoon on San Francisco

Photograph by SEAN DUAN (flopper on Flickr)

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"Supermoon"

Photograph by Liem (Liembo on Flickr)

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Supermoon

Photograph by JOHN SPADE (daspader on Flickr)

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supermoon
Photograph by SUSANNE FRIEDRICH (susafri on Flickr)

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Supermoon Seattle

Photograph by TREVOR DYKSTRA (architecturegeek on Flickr)

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Supermoon rising over Sydney, Australia - 5th May 2012

Photograph by NEERAV BHATT (neeravbhatt on Flickr)

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Holding the Moon

Photograph by BARBARA FRIEDMAN (IthacaBarbie on Flickr)
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