Check Out Last Night's Supermoon

Biggest full moon of the year

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 6, 2012 7:01 AM CDT

(Newser) – Last night brought this year's "supermoon," the point in which the moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit. The moon was some 15,300 miles closer to us than usual, making it look about 14% bigger, an expert tells the AP. Unfortunately, "you'd be very hard-pressed to detect that with the unaided eye," he says. Still, the event resulted in some impressive photography from around the globe.

A supermoon lights up Waikiki and Diamond Head Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Honolulu.
A supermoon lights up Waikiki and Diamond Head Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Honolulu.   (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
The full moon rises behind Statue of Liberty replica atop of a hotel in Kosovo's capital Pristina on Saturday, May 5, 2012.
The full moon rises behind Statue of Liberty replica atop of a hotel in Kosovo's capital Pristina on Saturday, May 5, 2012.   (AP Photo / Visar Kryeziu)
The full moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, south east of Athens, Greece, while tourists watch, on Saturday, May 5, 2012.
The full moon rises behind the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, south east of Athens, Greece, while tourists watch, on Saturday, May 5, 2012.   (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis)
The 'supermoon'  is seen May 5, 2012 from Chevy Chase, Maryland.
The 'supermoon' is seen May 5, 2012 from Chevy Chase, Maryland.   (Getty Images)
Fishermen fish from a jetty as the moon rises in the Atlantic Ocean, Saturday, May 5, 2012, near Bal Harbour, Fla.
Fishermen fish from a jetty as the moon rises in the Atlantic Ocean, Saturday, May 5, 2012, near Bal Harbour, Fla.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
The full moon rises behind statues of angels fixed at the St. Isaak's Cathedral in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2012.
The full moon rises behind statues of angels fixed at the St. Isaak's Cathedral in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, May 5, 2012.   (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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