Cosmic closeup ... a supermoon seen from Mount Eden, Auckland, New Zealand over the weekend. Photograph: Simon Runting/Rex Features Photographers took spectacular shots of this year's "supermoon", the visual spectacle that occurs once a year when the full moon is closest to the Earth. Pictures showed the giant moon dwarfing observers and looming over hillsides as if it was approaching the Earth in a science-fiction scenario. Mount Eden, Moon Rise, By Mt, Super Moon, Newzealand, Full Moon, Supermoon, New Zealand, The Moon
Did you see that full Moon Saturday night? Dubbed a supermoon, the latest fully illuminated moon appeared slightly larger than usual because it occurred unusually near the closest point in its orbit to Earth. Pictured above, the supermoon was captured Saturday night rising behind the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Of course, the angular extent of the moon in comparison to foreground objects can be adjusted just by changing the observer's distance to the foreground object.