10 Incredible Views of the 2012 Super Moon

10 Incredible Views of the 2012 Super Moon

  On Saturday May 5, 2012, the lunar perigee coincided with a full moon.
This fascinating event occurs about once a year.
At its closest point the moon will be 222,000 miles (357,000 km) from Earth,
causing high and low tides to be slightly more extreme than usual.

The exact numbers differ depending on who you source, but according to NASA the moon appears up to 14% larger and 30% brighter.
The scientific term for the phenomenon is “perigee moon”. Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon’s orbit.
The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side  about 50,000 km closer than the other

The best time to look is when the Moon is near the horizon.
For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees,
buildings and other foreground objects.

The last Super perigee Moon occurred on March 19th, 2011, producing a full Moon that was almost 400 km closer.

A search today on Flickr for photos tagged with ‘Supermoon’ taken in the last 24 hours brought up over 5,000 results, many that are quite spectacular.
Below you will find a collection of 10 that stood out. These photos were posted using Flickr’s ‘share’ button. If your photograph appears below and you would like it removed,  post a comment and it will be removed immediately.


Photograph by SEAN DUAN (flopper on Flickr)


Photograph by Liem (Liembo on Flickr)


Photograph by JOHN SPADE (daspader on Flickr)


Photograph by jasbond007 on Flickr


Photograph by John B. Meyer on Flickr


Photograph by eye for beauty2007 on Flickr


Photograph by SUSANNE FRIEDRICH (susafri on Flickr)


Photograph by TREVOR DYKSTRA (architecturegeek on Flickr)


Photograph by NEERAV BHATT (neeravbhatt on Flickr)


Photograph by BARBARA FRIEDMAN (IthacaBarbie on Flickr)


Article  from TwistedSifter


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