Out Tonight Seeing The Supermoon? It’s The Fifth Largest Moon In The Solar System And The Only Place Beyond Earth Where Humans Have Set Foot

The year is set to close with the biggest moon that most people alive will ever have seen.

The satellite is orbiting as close to Earth as it has done for almost 70 years tonight, but Monday is expected to be the best evening for capturing a rare close-up of the moon.

A supermoon happens because of the strange, egg-shaped orbit of the moon. One part of the orbit known as the perigee, is about 30,000 miles closer to earth than the apogee, or the furthest part.

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Although the countryside is the best place to see the night’s sky in all its glory, there was still some stunning scenes over London landmarks such as Canary Wharf and the Eye.

The satellite is orbiting as close to Earth as it has done for almost 70 years tonight, but Monday is expected to be the best evening for capturing a rare close-up of the moon

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Although the countryside is the best place to see the night’s sky in all its glory, there was still some stunning scenes over London landmarks such as the Eye

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The capital’s centre, including The Gherkin, can be seen here underneath the supermoon. Gazers in the south-east of England in particular are advised to get out tonight while they can still enjoy a clear night

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The moon’s orbit is elliptical rather than perfectly circular, so as the moon moves around the Earth it is sometimes a little bit closer and sometimes a bit further away from us. It is seen here above the 02 Arena, south-east London

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The supermoon can be seen here through the clouds behind the Emirates Air Line cable car, in London’s Docklands

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A funfair ride spins around in London, with the enlarged lunar shining in the background

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A commerical jet flies in front of the moon on its approach to Heathrow airport in west London on. The moon can be seen in incredible detail behind it

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The differences in apparent size and brightness amount to few percent but they can enhance the already beautiful sight of the full moon, pictured here rising near Glastonbury

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Spectacular photographs of the biggest supermoon for generations are already being captured, such as Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire – and the best is yet to come

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Other photographers took the opportunity to clamber up rural landscapes like Beacon Hill near Loughborough to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon

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Many things will be changing at the White House over the next few months. Barack Obama was at least able to see the moon closer than any president will for 18 years

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Its glow can be seen here over the Manhattan Bridge, New York. It could be even bigger tomorrow night if the clouds can stay out of the way

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We usually get between four and six supermoons a year, but this one is special because the moon will be closer to Earth than at any time this century, and we won’t get as near again until 2034 (again seen here above Washington DC)

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The moon is seen in its waxing gibbous stage behind the head of the Christopher Columbus statue at Columbus Circle, New York

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One of the earliest photographs to be taken of the supermoon in America was this one in Central Park, which was captured just as it appeared

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The moon rises beyond flags atop Fraser Hall on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence, Kansas

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Residents in Washington DC (left) Longport, New Jersey (right), were also able to catch a good glimpse of the phenomenon

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Visitors enjoy an unobstructed view of the spectacle as it ascends over the Lake Michigan shoreline in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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A man stands on a balcony of a building of Madrid as the moon rises in background

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The moon’s orbit is elliptical rather than perfectly circular, so as the moon moves around the Earth it is sometimes a little bit closer and sometimes a bit further away from us (pictured here above Sydney, Australia)

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The supermoon rises above the Motherland Calls statue on top of the Manayev Kurgan commemorating the WWII Battle of Stalingrad

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The supermoon in all its glory as Brazilians flock to a beach in Rio de Janeiro to see it shimmering in the night’s sky

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The silhouettes of two men can be seen posing for surreal-looking images in Istanbul, Turkey, where one man looks as though he is floating

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The supermoon rises above Hefer Valley, in Israel, this evening as photographers all over the world took the opportunity to capture it

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And it was not just Brits who were getting in on the act, with the supermoon also snapped above Russia, such as this example over a statue of Lenin

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The moon behind this castle in Madrid appears up to 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter than an average full moon

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The moon rises behind a sculpture of Don Quixote De La Mancha in Munera, near Albacete, Spain

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The supermoon photographed without anything blocking it over perfectly clear skies in Austria’s capital, Vienna

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See the biggest supermoon in a generation coming November 14

Source: dailymail.co.uk

 

Watch The Video A Summer of Super Moons
Video: ScienceAtNASA: YouTube Channel

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