The term "supermoon" is one borrowed from astrology. Scientists would prefer to call the phenomenon a perigee moon, or perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. In lay terms, it's when a full moon coincides with its closest approach to Earth. There was one this weekend, which caught the attention of photographers and casual observers around the globe.
The town of Olvera in the Cádiz province of Spain is bathed in super-moonlight, as our celestial neighbor ascends in the night sky.
An orange tint to the moon as it's caught between a statue and a street light on a bridge in Skopje, Macedonia.
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A man sits over looking the Dojran Lake in Macedonia as the Supermoon dominates the skyline.
The perigree moon (to give it its scientific name,) rises behind the historic Mount Wilson Observatory in the Angeles National Forest northeast of Los Angeles, California.
Did you see the #supermoon this weekend? Looks like @Astro_Alex got some great shots from the #ISS http://t.co/0KhkL5yWy0
This shot of a plane crossing the moon was taken in Whittier, California the night before the full "supermoon" technically during the lunar phase known as waxing gibbous.
In this picture, the perigee moon falls between two buildings in Queens, New York.
Even in the dusk light, the supermoon is clearly visible as it rises above a traditional pavilion in Beijing, China.
A splendid view of the #supermoon - last night #Istanbul: http://t.co/PR78h3WxtT #FB v @WashingtonPoint