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Did you see it? Stunning photos show last night’s Strawberry SUPERMOON rising over landmarks

Last night, a stunning Strawberry Supermoon lit up the skies around the world as our lunar satellite appeared 17 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.

The spectacular event could be seen over famous landmarks, including New York’s Statue of Liberty, the Shard in London and the Great Pyramid of Giza.

While there is no single definition, the term supermoon generally refers to a full moon that appears brighter and larger than other moons because it is in its fixed orbit toward Earth.

The Strawberry Supermoon technically peaked at 12:51 BST (07:51 EDT) yesterday, but if you missed it, there’s some good news: The July 13 and August 11 full moons are likely to be classified as supermoons too.

Last night, a stunning Strawberry Supermoon lit up the skies around the world as our lunar satellite appeared 17 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual.  Pictured: The supermoon appears next to London's Shard

Last night, a stunning Strawberry Supermoon lit up the skies around the world as our lunar satellite appeared 17 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual. Pictured: The supermoon appears next to London’s Shard

The spectacular event could be seen above famous landmarks including New York's Statue of Liberty (pictured), the Shard in London and the Great Pyramid of Giza

The spectacular event could be seen above famous landmarks including New York’s Statue of Liberty (pictured), the Shard in London and the Great Pyramid of Giza

While there is no single definition, the term supermoon generally refers to a full moon that appears brighter and larger than other moons because it is in its fixed orbit toward Earth.  Pictured: The supermoon sets behind telecommunications equipment on top of Frankfurt's Feldberg

While there is no single definition, the term supermoon generally refers to a full moon that appears brighter and larger than other moons because it is in its fixed orbit toward Earth. Pictured: The supermoon sets behind telecommunications equipment on top of Frankfurt’s Feldberg

What is a supermoon?

The moon orbits the Earth in an ellipse, an oval that brings it closer and farther from the Earth as it orbits.

The furthest point in this ellipse is called the apogee and is approximately 253,000 miles (405,500 kilometers) from Earth on average.

The closest point is the perigee, an average distance of about 226,000 miles (363,300 kilometers) from Earth.

When a full moon appears in perigee, it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon — which is where we get a “supermoon.”

Source: NASA

Some parts of the scientific community, including NASA, use astrologer Richard Nolle’s 1979 supermoon definition, who classified it as a full moon falling within 90 percent of its perigee — the closest point in its orbit to Earth.

However, retired NASA astrophysicist Fred Espenak calculates supermoons to account for changes in the moon’s orbit each lunar cycle.

By its definition, May’s full moon was a supermoon, while NASA did not classify it as such.

June’s full moon was 357,658 km from our planet when it rose at dusk, and skywatchers said to look southeast after sunset to watch it creep across the horizon.

Cloud cover over much of England and Wales was minimal last night, although people in Ireland and Scotland Unfortunately had clouded their view.

If you snapped a photo of last night’s Strawberry Supermoon, you could be in line for a prize.

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich is encouraging people to submit their photos of the supermoon to win a ‘brilliant astronomy prize’.

“The good news is that the Super Strawberry Moon will appear full for a few more days into and around June 14, so there will be plenty of opportunities to get that all-important shot,” it said.

The Strawberry Supermoon technically peaked at 12:51 BST (07:51 EDT) yesterday, but if you missed it, there's some good news: The July 13 and August 11 full moons are likely to be classified as supermoons too.  Pictured: The supermoon seen over the Sydney CBD skyline

The Strawberry Supermoon technically peaked at 12:51 BST (07:51 EDT) yesterday, but if you missed it, there’s some good news: The July 13 and August 11 full moons are likely to be classified as supermoons too. Pictured: The supermoon seen over the Sydney CBD skyline

Some parts of the scientific community, including NASA, use astrologer Richard Nolle's 1979 supermoon definition, who classified it as a full moon falling within 90 percent of its perigee — the closest point in its orbit to Earth.  Pictured: The supermoon over the Great Pyramid of Giza

Some parts of the scientific community, including NASA, use astrologer Richard Nolle’s 1979 supermoon definition, who classified it as a full moon falling within 90 percent of its perigee — the closest point in its orbit to Earth. Pictured: The supermoon over the Great Pyramid of Giza

The full moon rises in the clouds over a church in St. Petersburg

The full strawberry supermoon soars over the London skyline last night, as seen from Parliament Hill

June’s full moon was 357,658 km from our planet when it rose at dusk, and skywatchers said to look southeast after sunset to watch it creep across the horizon.

“Due to optical illusion, the moon often appears much larger when it is close to the horizon, so for a really dramatic photo look for the moon just after moonrise or before the moon sets.”

The moon of June gets its name from the strawberry season, when the berries are ripe for picking.

The Farmer’s Almanac also notes that this particular full moon has had a number of names in the past, all associated with the natural world, including blooming moon.

Other names, often given by Native American tribes, include green corn moon, whore moon, natal moon, egg-laying moon, honey moon, and fellow moon.

The phrase “honeymoon” may be related to this full moon, possibly because of the tradition of getting married in June or because the “honeymoon” is the “sweetest” moon of the year.

If you snapped a photo of last night's Strawberry Supermoon, you could be in line for a prize.  The Royal Observatory in Greenwich is encouraging people to submit their photos of the supermoon to win a 'brilliant astronomy prize'.  Pictured: The Strawberry Supermoon behind Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center

If you snapped a photo of last night’s Strawberry Supermoon, you could be in line for a prize. The Royal Observatory in Greenwich is encouraging people to submit their photos of the supermoon to win a ‘brilliant astronomy prize’. Pictured: The Strawberry Supermoon behind Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center

The moon of June gets its name from the strawberry season, when the berries are ripe for picking.  Pictured: The full moon rising between two towers in Dubai

The moon of June gets its name from the strawberry season, when the berries are ripe for picking. Pictured: The full moon rising between two towers in Dubai

The Farmer's Almanac also notes that this particular full moon has had a number of names in the past, all associated with the natural world, including blooming moon.  Pictured: The full moon behind the ancient Temple of Poseidon

The Farmer’s Almanac also notes that this particular full moon has had a number of names in the past, all associated with the natural world, including blooming moon. Pictured: The full moon behind the ancient Temple of Poseidon

World-class TV host, author and astronomer Mark Thompson has previously said that a supermoon is a great opportunity to look for features on the lunar surface.

“The ease with which the full moon can be seen makes it a great object for children and newcomers to watch the stars,” he added.

“See how many craters you can see and if you can find the Sea of ​​Tranquility where Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin landed in 1969.”

Taking pictures of the moon can be challenging, explains Thompson, who said that people are often inspired to take their own picture but only see a small white blob.

“To successfully capture close-ups of the moon, a long lens is a must,” he said. ‘Aspiring photographers should check out these expert tips from Canon for more advice.’

FULL MOON NAMES AND THEIR MEANING

January: wolf moon because wolves were heard more often at that time.

February: Snow Moon coincide with heavy snowfall.

March: Worm Moon as the sun warmed more and more, the soil and earthworms became active.

April: Pink Moon because it heralded the appearance of Phlox subulata or moss pink – one of the first flowers of spring.

Be able to: Flower Moon because of the abundance of flowers.

June: Strawberry Moon because it appeared when the strawberry harvest first took place.

July: Buck Moon as it came when a male deer’s antlers were in full growth mode.

August: Sturgeon Moon after the big fish that were easy to catch in those days.

September: Corn Moon because this was the time to harvest corn.

October: Hunter’s Moon after the time to hunt in preparation for winter.

November: beaver moon because it was the time to set up beaver traps.

December: Cold Moon because the nights were the longest at this time of year.

Source: Old Farmer’s Almanac

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