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See Some Unbelievable Photos of This Weekend’s Supermoon


The so-called “supermoon” occurs when the full moon is at its closest to Earth. The phenomenon occurred early Saturday morning across the globe and will continue to be visible Saturday night in some areas. Here are some of the most spectacular photos of the supermoon, which can appear up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than a typical full moon, to appear on social media so far this weekend.

Last year, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson threw some cold water on the supermoon craze. “There is something called a super moon,” Tyson said on his podcast. “I don’t know who first called it a super moon. I don’t know, but if you have a 16 inch pizza, would you call that a super pizza compared with a 15 inch pizza?”

“The Moon’s orbit around the Earth is not a perfect circle,” Tyson explained. “Sometimes it’s closer, sometimes it’s farther away. Every month, there is a moment when it is closest. Occasionally, that moment when it is closest coincidences with a full moon. People are calling that a super moon, but there’s super half moons. Every month one of those phases is the closest. I don’t hear people saying like ‘super crescent, super half moon.”

Two more supermoons are scheduled to occur this summer on August 10 and September 9.

Watch video explaining what’s so special about supermoons below, via NASA:

We will add live stream video for tonight’s supermoon when it becomes available.

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