Photos: Saturday Night's Super Moon

Saturday night's moon was larger and brighter than usual.

A cloudy night in Northern Virginia obscured the Super Moon for many. For those who could see it, Saturday night's moon appeared about 15 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than other full moons this year, according to NASA.

The Super Moon (a phrase coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979) seemed  large because the moment of perigee—when the moon is closest to the Earth in its monthly rotation—coincided with the appearance of a perfectly full moon, according to the Smithsonian.

On Saturday at 11:34 p.m. ET, the moon reached full moon status—when the earth, moon and sun are all in alignment. One minute later, at 11:35 p.m., “perigee” occurred.

The moon was be 221,802 miles away from Earth Saturday night; (the average distance is 238,855 according to NASA.) That’s 17,053 miles closer.

Did you take photos of Saturday night's Super Moon? Upload them here by clicking on the 'upload' button above!

Having trouble? Email photos to Regional Editor Beth Lawton at beth@patch.com.

Smiles May 06, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Beautiful photos!
Jennifer K. Wall Smetek May 06, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Too cloudy in Fairfax Station area. Was able to catch a glimpse about 9pm from Alexandria, but was quickly covered again.
Melanie Meren May 07, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Cool pictures! Thanks for posting!
Rick Bookwalter May 07, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I had no problem with clouds! http://rickbookwalter.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/moon-rise-at-39000-feet/
Lauren Jost May 07, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Awesome photo, Rick! Must've been cool to see from the plane.


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