If you gazed toward the night sky this weekend, you may have noticed that the full moon looked a little bit brighter and bigger. That's because this full moon occurred while the moon was at its closest distance to Earth — its perigee.
As the moon revolves around the Earth, there's a relatively small fluctuation in the distance between the two bodies. The moon doesn't revolve in a perfectly circular orbit; instead, it has an elliptical orbit just like the Earth's orbit around the sun.
During yesterday's perigee, the moon was 221,824 miles away compared to a 252,581 mile stretch at its most distant point. NASA estimated
that this year's supermoon would be up to 14 percent brighter and 30 percent larger than a typical full moon.
For your lunar enjoyment, we've rounded up some of the most eye-catching snapshots of this past weekend's supermoon from around the world.
|The supermoon rises behind the Washington Monument on June 23, 2013.|
Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
|The supermoon rests in the hands of soldiers at the Iwo Jima Memorial at the Arlington National Cemetery on June 22, 2013.|
Image Credit: Roberto Coquis
|The orange supermoon tops Montserrat in Spain on June 23, 2013.|
Image Credit: Oscar Mendez
|The supermoon captured from an unspecified location on June 22, 2013.|
Image Credit: Stacie Ann
|The supermoon towers over Kuwait City on June 23, 2013.|
Image Credit: Cajetan Barretto
|The supermoon as seen from a rooftop in Davao City, Philippines on June 23, 2013.|
Image Credit: Jeff Pioquinto
|Passing clouds give the supermoon a fiery appearance over Wenatchee, Washington on June 22, 2013.|
Image Credit: Mark Engelbrecht
|The supermoon from an unspecified location on June 24, 2013.|
Image Credit: Dennis Amith
|The supermoon rises over Bountiful, Utah. You can clearly see the moon's Maria — dark plains of basalt formed from ancient volcanic eruptions. Image taken on June 22, 2013.|
Image Credit: Todd McAllister
|An early morning supermoon from Playa Playazo, Nerja, Malaga, Spain on June 23, 2013.|
Image Credit: Bez M