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Posted at 08:39 PM ET, 05/05/2012

Supermoon 2012: Reactions and photos, May 5


The full moon rises behind statues of angels fixed at the St. Isaak's Cathedral in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2012 (Dmitry Lovetsky - AP)
Overview: The occurrence of the Supermoon, up to 30 percent brighter and appearing 14 percent bigger than other moons, is Saturday, May 5 at 11:54 p.m. eastern time. It happens as the moon reaches full phase and, at around the same time, makes its closest approach to Earth.

This post contains a compilation of Supermoon reader photos and international photos from news wire services. It also contains viewing updates for readers in Washington, D.C.

11:55 p.m. update: The moon is now officially full and about as close to Earth as it will get this year. Sky conditions (in Washington, D.C.) haven’t been ideal tonight for viewing, but good enough for some excellent photos, which you must see below. This is the last text update, but I’ll continue adding photos to the stream below. So keep checking back.

11:10 p.m. update: Clouds are more scattered, but still obstructing views in some areas. The moon is officially super in about 45 minutes.

10:24 p.m. update: Supermoon or super-bust? Think these clouds are so unjust? Comment below with a rhyme. Moon wholly full in 90 minutes time. [See: Facebook poem submissions - these are great!!!]

Related: Satellite (clouds) loop

See below for Supermoon photos submitted by readers and from around the world ...

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Supermoons from around the world


The full moon rises behind a steeple with crosses of an Orthodox church in the town of Novogrudok, 150 km (93 miles) west of Minsk, Belarus, late Saturday, May 5, 2012. ) (Sergei Grits - AP)


The full moon rises behind Kosovo's capital heating plant chimney on Saturday, May 5, 2012. On Saturday, the moon will be a "supermoon" or perigee moon as the moon is at it's closest approach to the earth. (VISAR KRYEZIU - AP)


The full moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, south east of Athens, Greece, while tourists watch, on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Saturday's event is a "supermoon," the closest and therefore the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. (Dimitri Messinis - AP)

A full moon rises over office towers in Dubai Media City in Dubai, May 5, 2012. (JUMANA EL HELOUEH - REUTERS)

The full moon rises behind a steeple with a cross of Ayia Thekla (Saint Thekla) christian orthodox church near coastal resort of Ayia Napa, Cyprus, Saturday, May 5, 2012. (Petros Karadjias - AP)

The moon rises in Cairo, May 5, 2012. (AMR ABDALLAH DALSH - REUTERS)

Earlier live blog updates

9:30 p.m. update:Skies are variably cloudy but the trend continues to be decreasing clouds around Washington, D.C. We may not be able to shed clouds entirely this evening, but patient sky watchers will see the moon...

9:00 p.m. update: Clouds are continuing to migrate away from the region from northwest to southeast. We’re getting more reports of breaks in the cloud cover and sightings of the Supermoon!

8:30 p.m. update: Moonrise occurred at 7:55 p.m. in Washington, D.C. but clouds foiled plans of sky watchers and photographers wanting to behold the Supermoon as it rose above the eastern horizon. However, satellite imagery shows the cloud shield sagging south. Views of the moon may be available in the next hour.

Related links

Supermoon Saturday: The biggest, brightest moon of 2012

Supermoon and Aquarid meteor shower: Viewing tips for Saturday night, May 5

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