The nation, and world may appear bruised and divided following last week's presidential election, but over the weekend our moon dazzled unusually large and bright over everyone - those in blue and red states, alike.
As Seeker's Ian O'Neill explained, a supermoon occurs when the moon turns full at the same time it hits perigee - the point on its slightly elliptical orbit when it is closest to Earth. Supermoons happen regularly, about once every 14 months on average. But the moon on Sunday night/Monday morning appeared larger than it has in nearly 70 years since its orbit brought it closer than ever - within 221,524 miles - to Earth.
At perigee, the moon appears 14 percent bigger in the sky and therefore 30 percent brighter. As O'Neill says, "It's basically a full moon on steroids."
Below a man takes pictures of the supermoon over the National Mall in Washington, D.C.: