Photos: Sunday’s supermoon from D.C. and around the country

August 11, 2014

Supermoon over the capitol on Sunday night. (Ian Livingston)

The largest supermoon of 2014 occurred this weekend, and sky watchers were out in force to capture it. This supermoon was the closest the moon will get to earth in all of 2014, and it appeared 30 percent brighter and 16 percent bigger than when the moon was farthest away in January.

As we wrote on Friday, a moon achieves “supermoon” status when it’s both full and within 90 percent of its closet approach to Earth in a given orbit, or near perigee (which means closest point), according to astrologer Richard Nolle, who coined the term.

On Sunday, the moon became full just 26 minutes after it’s closest pass to earth, at exactly 2:09 p.m. ET.

First, the supermoon from the International Space Station!

Around the D.C. region:


The supermoon behind the Statue of Freedom on Sunday night. (Ian Livingston)

A zoom in on the supermoon, taken over Washington D.C. (wolfpackWX via Flickr)


Supermoon from Brambleton. (Stephanie Lee via Facebook)

The supermoon seen elsewhere:


The supermoon setting near Washington Park in Anacortes, Wash. looking over Rosario Strait. (GeorgeRX via Weather Underground)

A beautiful pink supermoon rises over the eastern horizon in Polvadera, N.M. (mcgino via Weather Underground)

The supermoon rises over New York City skyscrapers. (teach50 via Weather Underground)

Supermoon in Taos, N.M. (gilg72 via Weather Underground)

Watching the supermoon rise from Bethany Beach, Del. (AJ Wojciak)

 

Angela Fritz is an atmospheric scientist and The Post's deputy weather editor.
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