The moon today took the whole world for a ride by going super. “Supermoon” was a delight for the skywatchers around the world, who captured the lunar sight in dazzling amateur astronomy photos.
Twitter and Facebook has been abuzz with constant streams of photos of Supermoon being shared with friends and family.
Because of a fluke of orbital timing, the full moon of May peaked late Saturday just as the moon was passing its perigee, the closest point to Earth of its orbit. The result was the biggest full moon of the year, which NASA and other scientists nicknamed the supermoon of 2012.
In Amman, Jordan, the bright moon amazed skywatcher Carra Almond of Canton, N.C., who is currently living in Jordan with her husband. Almond said the moon was a captivating sight from her apartment balcony. Her photo shows a crystal clear moon shining bright against a black night sky. [Supermoon 2012 Photos from Around the World]
“I have taken several photos of the moon but have never taken one that turned out this good, and I had no idea the camera would zoom this far,” Almond told SPACE.com in an email. “I was so amazed by the results when I loaded it up on the computer.”
Here are some photos shared in the web.