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Your best photos: May 2013 supermoon

To all who shared your images with us … thank you.

The May 24-25 full moon moon is one day away from lunar perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth for this month. By a newly coined popular definition, that makes this May full moon a supermoon. And as the line of sunsets has swept westward today, bringing night from the Far East to the Western Hemsiphere, we’ve enjoyed seeing your awesome supermoon photos. Thank you so much for posting them to the EarthSky Facebook page and Google+. We love them! Keep posting, and we’ll keep adding to the gallery as the sun sets – and the moon rises – further west.

Learn more details about tonight’s supermoon – and a slight penumbral eclipse tonight. Plus the star near tonight’s moon is Antares

What is a supermoon?

Read about the next supermoon: June 23, 2013

View larger. | Astronomers say you can't really tell the difference in size between a supermoon and any other full moon.  Check out this size comparison from our friend Alec Jones in the UK.

View larger. | Astronomers say you can’t really tell the difference in size between a supermoon and any other full moon. Check out this size comparison from our friend Alec Jones in the UK.

Rising supermoon on May 24, 2013 as seen in Elk, California by our friend Mendocinosportplus.

Rising supermoon on May 24, 2013 as seen in Elk, California by our friend Mendocinosportplus.

May 24 supermoon over Kansas from Mike Hoag.

May 24 supermoon over Kansas from Mike Hoag.

May 24 supermoon over North Dakota Badlands from Nikki Brown.

May 24 supermoon over North Dakota Badlands from Nikki Brown.

May 24 supermoon over Mississinewa Lake in Indiana from Regine Brindle.

May 24 supermoon over Mississinewa Lake in Indiana from Regine Brindle.

May 24 supermoon over San Francisco Bay from Marie Kyoko Morohoshi.

May 24 supermoon over San Francisco Bay from Marie Kyoko Morohoshi.

Supermoon from Cathy Emmett Palmer in Panama City Beach, Florida.  May 24, 2013.

Supermoon from Cathy Emmett Palmer in Panama City Beach, Florida. May 24, 2013.

Supermoon in Fortaleza, Brazil on May 24, from our friend Shivan Bruce Skipper.

Supermoon in Fortaleza, Brazil on May 24, from our friend Shivan Bruce Skipper.

May 24 supermoon from our friend Paul Howell in Weston, England.

May 24 supermoon from our friend Paul Howell in Weston, England.

Photo by Tim Martindale, who wrote,

Photo by Tim Martindale, who wrote, “Tonight’s ‘supermoon’ rising over Bude and Stratton [a parish in England]. Take a look outside now – it’s a beauty!” May 24, 2013.

Supermoon on May 24, 2013 as seen by Michelle Connelly in Ferrden, Scotland.

Supermoon on May 24, 2013 as seen by Michelle Connelly in Ferrden, Scotland.

Supermoon from northern Italy from our friend Eva Young.  May 24, 2013.

Supermoon from northern Italy from our friend Eva Young. May 24, 2013.

Anthony Lynch in Dublin, Ireland, wrote on May 24,

Anthony Lynch in Dublin, Ireland, wrote on May 24, “My son got to stand on the moon tonight.”

May 24, 2013 supermoon from Daragh McDonough in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland.

May 24, 2013 supermoon from Daragh McDonough in Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland.

“Supermoon spidermoon” from Imran Aziz. May 24, 2013.

Abdulmajeed Alshatti wrote,

Abdulmajeed Alshatti wrote, “Enjoying the supermoon and the low tide. May 24,2013. Kuwait.” Because the moon is now full, and nearly at its closest to Earth, extra high and extra low tides can be expected.

Photo credit: Priya Kuman.  She wrote,

Photo credit: Priya Kuman. She wrote, “24th May ’13 . Super Moon ……Flowers for the beautiful white bride of the sky — in Muscat, Masqat.”

The May 24-25, 2013 supermoon from Hyderabad, India. Photo credit: Kausor Khan

The May 24-25, 2013 supermoon from Hyderabad, India. Photo credit: Kausor Khan

May 24-24, 2013 supermoon from Medan, Indonesia. Photo credit: Apple Saragih

May 24-24, 2013 supermoon from Medan, Indonesia. Photo credit: Apple Saragih

May 24-25, 2013 supermoon. Malang,  East Java, Indonesia.  Photo credit: Bagoes Setiawon

May 24-25, 2013 supermoon. Malang, East Java, Indonesia. Photo credit: Bagoes Setiawon

Supermoon from the Philippines.  Photo credit: jv noriega

Supermoon on the evening of May 24, 2013 as seen in the Philippines by Jv Noriega.

View larger. | Jv Noriega in Manila, Philippines also caught the supermoon as it was setting on the morning of May 25, 2013.  The constellation Scorpius was near the moon.  Scorpius' bright star Antares could be seen in the moon's glare.

View larger. | Jv Noriega in Manila, Philippines also caught the supermoon as it was setting on the morning of May 25, 2013. The constellation Scorpius was near the moon. Scorpius’ bright star Antares could be seen in the moon’s glare.

Photo credit:  Raven Yu. She wrote,

Photo credit: Raven Yu. She wrote,”Rising Full Flower Moon and an airplane (luck shot). 24 May 2013 17:53, Marikina City, Philippines. I was taking a photo of tonight’s moon when a plane flew through. I didn’t even notice it with my naked eyes.”

Photo credit: Frederick Dalpay

Photo credit: Frederick Dalpay

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