Here It Is: Last Night's 'Supermoon'

World gazes up at unusual phenomenon

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 11, 2014 7:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – If you peered up at the sky last night, you likely witnessed a "supermoon"—a stunning view of the moon offered when it's orbiting nearest the Earth, the AP notes. It was the second of three this year; if you missed it, you can catch a similar view on Sept. 9. Last night's supermoon made international headlines and, the BBC notes, became a trending topic on Twitter, with users showing off their images. Also in the night sky this week: a meteor shower.

The supermoon rises through the clouds behind the Motherland statue, part of the WWII memorial complex, in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
The supermoon rises through the clouds behind the "Motherland" statue, part of the WWII memorial complex, in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Osman Karimov)
The supermoon is seen as it rises through the clouds behind the bronze Statue of Freedom by Thomas Crawford atop the US Capitol, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Washington.
The supermoon is seen as it rises through the clouds behind the bronze Statue of Freedom by Thomas Crawford atop the US Capitol, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Light from a lamppost shines near the perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, in Madrid, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
Light from a lamppost shines near the perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, in Madrid, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
A couple talk as they sit against  the perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, in Madrid, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
A couple talk as they sit against the perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, in Madrid, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
A supermoon rises next to a clock on top of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
A supermoon rises next to a clock on top of the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
A supermoon appears behind the Angel of Peace sculpture in London, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
A supermoon appears behind the Angel of Peace sculpture in London, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A supermoon rises above the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
A supermoon rises above the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
The supermoon rises through the clouds behind the Motherland statue, part of the WWII memorial complex, in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
The supermoon rises through the clouds behind the "Motherland" statue, part of the WWII memorial complex, in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Osman Karimov)
A supermoon rises above a Jesus Christ statue in front of the Holy Cross Church in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
A supermoon rises above a Jesus Christ statue in front of the Holy Cross Church in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)
A man walks against the perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, in Madrid, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
A man walks against the perigee moon, also known as a supermoon, in Madrid, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
The supermoon appears behind a cross of the Christkoenig church in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
The supermoon appears behind a cross of the Christkoenig church in Munich, southern Germany, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
A supermoon, center, is seen rising between buildings and over the city of Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
A supermoon, center, is seen rising between buildings and over the city of Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
A girl plays with a dog as a supermoon rises in Madrid, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
A girl plays with a dog as a supermoon rises in Madrid, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
People watch a laser-light show on the Crazy Horse Memorial, left, under a supermoon, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Custer, SD.
People watch a laser-light show on the Crazy Horse Memorial, left, under a supermoon, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Custer, SD.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
People take photos as a supermoon rises above a bridge over Vardar River in Skopje, Macedonia, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
People take photos as a supermoon rises above a bridge over Vardar River in Skopje, Macedonia, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
A supermoon is seen near a bridge in Hong Kong, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
A supermoon is seen near a bridge in Hong Kong, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
The full moon peeks through trees in a wood near Rasing, Austria, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.
The full moon peeks through trees in a wood near Rasing, Austria, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014.   (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
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