May 7, 2012 --
The biggest full moon of the year, a "supermoon," could be seen in the night sky on Saturday. We asked our Tumblr and Twitter followers to send in pictures of the supermoon from around the world. According to Space.com, "Because of a fluke of orbital timing, the full moon of May peaked late Saturday just as the moon was passing its perigee, the closest point to Earth of its orbit. The result was the biggest full moon of the year, which NASA and other scientists nicknamed the supermoon of 2012." The following pictures show an array of places and settings for the picturesque moon. Here, the supermoon is seen from El Salvador.
The perigee moon, as seen from Spain.
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The moon, seen over Brawley, Calif.
From Tumblr iamloy: "Here's a close up picture of the supermoon or perigee moon we have tonight. The moon is the brightest tonight out of the whole year. This picture was taken in an island called Guam." Camera : Canon Rebel T3i Lens : 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 F-Stop : f/5 Exposure Time : 20 seconds
The moon perigee as seen from California through a 4.5" Dobsonian telescope. from sagan-naut Tumblr
The supermoon over Reno, Nev.
This supermoon "teaser" was taken Aurora, Colo. with a Canon PowerShot SX30 IS.
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This perspective was taken from Kit Carson Park in Taos, N.M., May 5, 2012.
This shot of the supermoon, with a halo, was taken by Jason Major in Dallas, Texas.
By Darrell Wray in Ava, Mo.
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The view from Canada.
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The supermoon over Usery Park, Ariz.
The night sky in Sydney, Australia offered a clear view.
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The supermoon over the Mediterranean Sea from Malta.
The supermoon surrounded by cloud over Toluca, Mexico.
The moon over Berkeley, Calif.