The Sinking Supermoon
André Kuipers, via My Modern Met
Cinco de Mayo wasn’t just about drinks and dancing. If the sky was clear, you could get a glimpse at a bigger and brighter moon. It’s called the Supermoon, and it is the closest our moon gets to the Earth during the year. Not only is it the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, but it’s bathed in a glow that makes it all the brighter. Gazing at the Supermoon was a great way to end a great night, but not everyone got to see it. A lot of the east coast was covered in clouds and rainy. A lot of the east coast was also drunk.
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Luckily, we’ve put together some of the best images of that night! Thanks to NASA, we’ve even got one of the strangest shots of the Supermoon yet. Astronaut André Kuipers snapped a photo of the Supermoon from the International Space Station. Thanks to the Earth’s tendency to bend light from the Moon, however, the image sort of pancaked into a Moon that was slowly deflating or sinking into a sea of sky. It’s not quite as majestic as the rest of the pictures snapped from that night, but it’s the most surreal and colorful.
Supermoon in Atlanta
Jeff Milsteen, via My Modern Met
However, the Moon hung crisp and bright all over the world. Its glow was one of the few things we shared with every other country on the planet. Photographers from all over couldn't help but step outside and capture this special event. Like Christmas, the visit from the Supermoon only happens about once a year. Thanks to My Modern Met
, we've also found some of the best photos of the Supermoon we may ever see! Check them out in the gallery below!