This weekend, people all over the world looked up at the big, glamorous June 22-23 supermoon shining in the night sky. Thank you to our EarthSky friends who shared their images with us .. so many great and fantastic shots. Here are some. Enjoy!
What is a supermoon?
Does a supermoon have a super effect on us?
Looking further into the future, the perigee full moon will come closer than 356,500 kilometers for the first time in the 21st century on November 25, 2034 (356,446 km). The closest full moon of the 21st century will fall on December 6, 2052 (356,425 km).
For the moon to come closer than 356,400 kilometers (221,457 miles) is quite a feat. In fact, this won’t happen at all in the 21st century (2001-2100) or the 22nd century (2101-2200). The last time the full moon perigee swung this close to Earth was on January 14, 1930 (356,397 km), and the next time won’t be till January 1, 2257 (356,371 km).
Will the tides be higher than usual? Yes, all full moons bring higher-than-usual tides, and perigee full moons bring the highest (and lowest) tides of all. Each month, on the day of the full moon, the moon, Earth and sun are aligned, with Earth in between. This line up creates wide-ranging tides, known as spring tides. High spring tides climb up especially high, and on the same day low tides plunge especially low.
Today’s extra-close full moon accentuates these monthly (full moon) spring tides all the more.
If you live along a coastline, watch for high tides caused by the June 23 perigee full moon – or supermoon – over the next several days. Will the high tides cause flooding? Probably not, unless a strong weather system moves into the coastline where you are. Still, keep an eye on the weather, because storms do have a large potential to accentuate high spring tides.
As a result, if you live near a coast, you’ll want to be on the lookout for higher-than-usual tides.
“That’s how our SuperMoon looked like. In the Sultanate of Oman .. Soft n Delicate against the rugged n craggy mountains of this desert region.” Photo credit: Priya Kumar
“Super moon over Chester, SC last night.” Photo credit: Ann Thomas Grant
“2013 SuperMoon and the Basilica of Superga (Turin, Italy)” Photo credit: Stefano de Rosa
Photo credit: Greg Diesel. He writes, “As close and big as it will get for the east coast of the US – 545am moon sets in coastal North Carolina.”
“Last night SUPERMOON JUNE 23 2013 rising behind the old abandoned pizza house at Oton Iloilo City Philippines.” Photo credit: Zhean Peter Nacionales
“Supermoon taken at Zaton Mali, Croatia
23:00 Saturday 22nd June”
Photo credit: Kathy Andrew
“Good-bye Super Moon. Last night’s Full Moon sets in the West early this morning just before the Sunrise.
Schoharie County, New York”
Photo credit: Pat Quinn
“The supermoon last night – it made the coolest design with the leaves of the Jerusalem thorn tree.” Photo credit: Kathy Carson Newman
“Super Moon (Waxing gibbous 96.7%) over Punta Manara, Sestri Levante Italy.”
Photo credit: Maranathi.it Photograpy
Mother and sons watch the 2013 Supermoon rise through the cloud cover at Tempe Town Lake. Photo credit: Kathleen Kingma
“Taken in Portugal, near my house in a village called Coja in Coimbra region.” Photo credit: Rui Lopes
“Supermoon rising over Annapolis, MD. 6/22/13.” Photo credit: Kathi D Overton
Jun. 22 2013
P. Dos Recifes V.V ES Brazil”
Photo credit: Irenilda Mota
“Tonights Super Moon rising over Highland Ca. 6/22/13″
Photo credit: Lyle Evans
“This picture wws taken from my home at Singapore this evening at 8.00 pm Singapore time. it was a spectacular scene.”
Photo credit: kannan A
“The Perigee Full Moon rising over Oakhurst, CA last night.” Photo credit: Steve Montalto