Avid skywatchers have enjoyed three breathtaking supermoons in recent months. Last night’s supermoon was the last of 2014. I managed to catch a glimpse of it right as it was rising, but clouds blocked it for most of the night.
Missed it last night? I gathered some of the best photos of the moon from around the world. Your next chance won’t come until August 29, 2015. It’s been widely reported that there will be six supermoons next year. And, that’s true going by the exact definition of a supermoon.
According to EarthSky, astrologer Richard Nolle labeled the supermoon more than 30 years ago. His definition is a new or full moon that occurs when it comes within 90% of its closest approach to Earth. August 29, 2015 will be the first full supermoon of 2015.
Check out some of the best images of last night’s supermoon below.
The Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg makes for an awe-inspiring snapshot of the supermoon in this image from Dmitry Lovetsky (AP).
Charlie Riedel (AP) snapped a couple watching the supermoon as it rose above Kansas City, Missouri last night.
The Virgin Mary atop the University of Notre Dame’s golden dome accompanies the supermoon in this photo from Robert Franklin (South Bend Tribune).
The sun and moon clash in this photo from Apfeltrang, Germany. KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND (Getty Images)
Sebastien Lebrigand tweeted this perfectly timed photo as a plane flies across the supermoon.
SUPER- MOON 2014 photo: sebastien lebrigand (France) pic.twitter.com/Yj6f05Jnbh
— sebastien lebrigand (@lebribri) September 9, 2014
Barry Butler caught sailboats, seagulls and the supermoon in this shot.
— Barry Butler (@barrybutler9) September 9, 2014
The supermoon rises above the Tower Bridge in London in this photo from Naf Selmani.
— iandthecamera (@iandthecamera) September 9, 2014
Dave DiCello captured this incredible picture of the supermoon as it hangs above the spires of PPG Place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
— Dave DiCello (@DaveDiCello) September 9, 2014