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!
— Oleg Artemyev (@OlegMKS) August 10, 2014
Around the D.C. region:
— Paraskevi Votti (@evivotti) August 11, 2014
— jacksonbarnes (@jacksonbarnes) August 11, 2014
The supermoon seen elsewhere: