Sturgeon supermoon lights up skies around the world (photos) (Image Credit: Space.com)
The first of two supermoons this month thrilled skywatchers worldwide and we’ve got the photos to prove it.
As the event takes place when the moon is closer to Earth, supermoons can appear as much as 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than usual. Though it’s difficult to spot these differences with the naked eye, eagle-eyed moon-watchers may be able to tell the difference.
From New York skyscrapers to Ancient Greek ruins, we take a look at some of the best supermoon photographs from around the world.
In this photo from Italy, the Sturgeon supermoon is rising behind the Sirente mountain in Sirente Velino Natural Park. as seen from Rocca Di Cambio, a town in the province of L’Aquila, Abruzzo.
The bright lights of ‘the Big Apple’ were outshined by the Sturgeon full moon as it rose above New York City’s skyline.
Clouds don’t always cooperate (as many astrophotographers will know!) But this photograph of the full moon rising above Islamabad, Pakistan, shows they can help create a rather dramatic, moody scene.
August’s first of two supermoons looks spectacular as it rises behind Selimiye Mosque in Edirne, Turkey.
The full moon looks magnificent as it rises over the ancient Temple of Poseidon, in Sounion, Greece.
Here the supermoon rises behind a lighthouse at San Andres beach, Malaga, Spain.
This photograph captured from Toulouse, southern France, shows a Boeing 737 aircraft soaring across the face of the moon as it makes its journey from Dublin to Mallorca.
Airplanes weren’t the only mode of transportation getting in on the full moon action. Here, a cable car traverses the face of the Sturgeon moon as it makes its way up Sugar Loaf mountain in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
If all this full moon content has inspired you to take a more in-depth moonlit tour of our rocky companion our ultimate guide to observing the moon will help you plan your next skywatching venture whether it be exploring the lunar seas, mountainous terrain, or the many craters that blanket the landscape. You can also see where astronauts, rovers and landers have ventured with our Apollo landing sites observing guide.
If you’re looking for a telescope or binoculars to observe the moon, our guides for the best binoculars deals and the best telescope deals now can help. Our best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography can also help you prepare to capture the next skywatching sight on your own.
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