World News: Supermoon

The first supermoon of the summer appeared last week. The supermoon occurs as a result of  the moon becoming full on the same days as its perigee. And the perigee is the point in the moon’s orbit when the moon is closest to Earth. This occurrence is actually pretty common; last year, there were three supermoons in a row. One of them, however, was widely publicized and gained attention from people worldwide. The supermoon of June 2013 was reportedly 14% bigger and 30% brighter than the other full moons of 2013. People all around the world captured the event through pictures and social media posts. Sometimes, it can be hard to distinguish between a supermoon and a regular full moon when clouds cover clear differences in brightness and size. As expected, several people woke up early to see the lunar spectacle, understandably sacrificing a few hours of sleep to see such an amazing sight. There have been several great shots of the supermoon put on the Internet, so those that did not get a chance to see it for themselves can see how spectacular it was.

 

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