The supermoon of the century seen through 16 stunning pictures

Supermoon, November 2016

The moon last night appeared at its largest and brightest best, making for the greatest supermoon seeen since 1948.

Visible in great detail, the closest moon of the year — and the century — had people rushing to capture it in all its glory.

We put together some of the best images that were captured:

A supermoon partly covered by clouds is seen behind Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep in Thailand. The next supermoon of this scale will only appear in November 2034.

Supermoon, November 2016

Image source: Reuters

The supermoon is seen in the background, as a Free Syrian army fighter sits on a pick-up truck in the town of Dael, in Syria.

Supermoon, November 2016

Image source: Reuters

In an almost Biblical view, the supermoon is seen behind a statue of Jesus Christ in Havana, Cuba.

Supermoon, November 2016

Image source: Reuters

Last night’s supermoon appeared almost 7% larger and about 15% brighter than normal. Here, it can be seen behind one of the seven statues by spanish artist Jaume Plensa on Massena square in Nice, France.

Supermoon, November 2016

Image source: Reuters

At its closest, the moon came within 221,523 miles of the Earth. Here, a rising “supermoon” is seen through the Propylaea, the ancient Acropolis hill gateway, in Greece.

Supermoon, November 2016

Image source: Reuters

The moon is partly covered by clouds as it rises above the skyline of Frankfurt behind the headquarters of Germany’s Commerzbank.

Supermoon, November 2016

Image source: Reuters

The supermoon is seen behind the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft, ahead of its upcoming launch to the International Space Station (ISS), at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Supermoon, November 2016

Images source: Reuters (L), @Astro_Wheels/Twitter (R)

People are silhouetted against the supermoon in Prague, Czech Republic.

Supermoon, November 2016

Image source: Reuters

The supermoon is seen over the historical Galata Tower in Istanbul, Turkey. In case you missed it last night, you can catch the moon today too as the difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle.

Supermoon, November 2016

Image source: Reuters

The moon seen in the sky in Vienna, Austria, a day before the supermoon spectacle.

Supermoon, November 2016

Image source: Reuters

The supermoon seen over the New York skyline at sunset.

Supermoon, November 2016

Image source: @Gary Hershorn/Twitter

On an average, supermoons occur once every 14 months. Here, the greatest supermoon of the century that ocurred last night is seen in Canary Islands, Spain.

Supermoon, November 2016

Image source: @RocioI986/Twitter

The supermoon seen in Haldimand County, Ontario.

Supermoon, November 2016

Image source: @Dr_MaioTwofoot/Twitter

The Supermoon seen from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Stargazers say the best time to enjoy a supermoon is right after moon rise because it is just above the horizon. At horizon, a supermoon looks bigger and brighter than when it’s higher up in the sky.

Supermoon, November 2016

Image source: Twittter/@SebaFernandezB

The supermoon will reoccur on December 14 but will not be as impressive as last night. Here, the supermoon is seen in Bedfordshire, UK.

Supermoon, November 2016

Image source: @DawnSunrise1/Twitter

Crowds look on as the supermoon rises behind the Fremantle War Memorial at Monument Hill.

Supermoon, November 2016

Image source: Guardian

Vishakha Saxena
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Vishakha Saxena is a journalist and multi media producer. She currently works for India Today. Her bylines have appeared in Hindustan Times, Indian Express and DailyO. Follow her on Twitter @saxenavishakha

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