The world was treated on Sunday night to the brightest “supermoon” we’ve seen in 70 years — a stunning display in the skies for those able to observe it.
And if you were wondering why the moon appeared so much bigger and brighter than normal, consider this: The moon hit it’s pedigree, the time in its orbit when it is closest to Earth. Since the moon’s path around Earth is more like a slight oval than it is circular there are times in which the moon is actually closer to our planet, the Los Angeles Times reported.
While supermoons themselves aren’t all that rare and occur around every 14 months, Sunday’s “extra super” moon was the closest full moon to Earth of any other supermoon since 1948. And if that’s not stunning enough, consider that people will have to wait nearly 20 years to see anything quite like it again, according to NASA.
“We won’t see another supermoon like this until 2034,” the space agency proclaimed on its website.
As it turns out, the moon can be up to 14 percent closer to Earth during at its pedigree (again, the point that it is closest to our planet) compared to its apogee (when the moon is furthest from Earth).
Below, see some of the stunning photos circulating on Twitter last night and this morning:
— NASA (@NASA) November 14, 2016
— Logan Stahl (@LoganStahI) November 14, 2016
— Jen Golbeck (@jengolbeck) November 14, 2016
— Krystal (@KrystalSeech) November 14, 2016
— Greg Angel (@NewsGuyGreg) November 14, 2016
— Jill Adair (@JillAdair) November 14, 2016
— Asier Ríos (@asierrios) November 14, 2016
Did you miss Sunday’s extra super supermoon? If so, no worries.
Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, said in a statement on the NASA website that people still have a chance to catch the display on Monday evening as well.
“The difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle, so if it’s cloudy on Sunday, go out on Monday. Any time after sunset should be fine,” he said. “Since the moon is full, it’ll rise at nearly the same time as sunset, so I’d suggest that you head outside after sunset, or once it’s dark and the moon is a bit higher in the sky.”
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