On July 12, the moon may have seemed slightly brighter to the casual observer. As part of a lucky coincidence between a full moon occurring at around the same time the moon is at perigee (i.e. the closest period of its orbit around Earth), the moon can appear brighter and larger than normal full moons. But the change isn't very dramatic and the event happens more often than you may think. In fact, this "supermoon" is the first of three supermoons that are scheduled over the next three consecutive months -- the next will be on Aug. 10 and Sept. 9.
Though it is more of an astronomical curiosity, the supermoon event does attract its fair share of sky-watchers, so enjoy this small selection of photos from around the globe as people looked up to celebrate our planet's extra-bright satellite.
In this shot, beach goers paddle in the Pacific Ocean at Venice Beach, Calif.
The supermoon rises over observatories atop the Bulgarian mountain peak of Rozhen on Saturday, July 12.
The full moon rises in the sky over the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, July 12, 2014, launch Pad-0A, NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The rocket launched successfully on Sunday.
A closeup of the full moon on July 12 over Athens, Greece.
The supermoon rises in the sky over Lower Manhattan in New York, July 12, 2014.
An airplane flies through a full moon referred to as a "supermoon" as it rises in the sky over Lower Manhattan in New York, July 12, 2014.
The supermoon shares the sky with fireworks during a display in Chester, New York.
A couple enjoys the supermoon on a beach in Xiamen city, southeast Chinas Fujian province on July 12.