On June 22 and 23, the Earth's only natural satellite put on a dazzling show. Although the 'supermoon' phenomenon isn't exactly an astronomical term, and it's not an event of any great scientific consequence, it captivated the world. The cosmic coincidence of the moon being at its full phase as it made its closest approach (perigee) in its elliptical orbit, caused the 2013 supermoon to be 14 percent larger in the sky (when compared to its furthest point in orbit, or apogee) and 30 percent brighter, according to NASA. It rapidly became a beautiful astronomical spectacle.
Several of our @Discovery_Space Twitter friends who were lucky to have clear skies shared their views of this lovely celestial opportunity -- a selection of which we've showcased here.
Sean Parker, Twitter: @seanparkerphoto
"Tonight's Supermoon was considered a wanning supermoon, but still a supermoon nonetheless! Here is a 3-photo HDR image of the supermoon rising over downtown Tucson, Arizona."
"Super Moon from north Tampa, FL at 6:50 AM Monday. Competition with sunrise."
Adam Ait, Twitter: @braindrink
"Supermoon through an 80mm Meade, taken with an iPhone."
Ian Kluft, Twitter: @ikluft
"I got pic of #supermoon rise Sat from Mt Lassen in Lassen Volcanic Nat'l Park."