The November supermoon is more like an extra-supermoon this time around. As of Monday morning, our satellite is closer to Earth than it's been at any point since 1948. The result is a moon that can appear 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger than your average full moon.
Unsurprisingly, photographers lust after luscious shots of luna. This one comes from NASA with the supermoon rising behind a Soyuz rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos, and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will launch from the Cosmodrome on November 18 to spend six months at the International Space Station.
First published November 14, 1:08 p.m. PT. Update, November 15 at 9:25 a.m. PT: Adds more amazing shots of the supermoon.
Caption byEric Mack
/ Photo by Flickr / Chris Bridge
This composite image of the supermoon rising over Huntsville Mountain near Huntsville, Alabama, shows the satellite taking on a little color at the beginning of its journey. The redness is due to smoke from wildfires in the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Nantahala Wilderness, according to photographer Jim Gardepe.