14 November 2016 supermoon: in pictures

On Monday 14 November 2016 the Moon passed by Earth at a distance closer than it had done since 1948, making it appear larger in the sky than any other full Moon of the year.

Published: November 16, 2016 at 11:02 am

While many know this phenomenon as something called a ‘supermoon’, the correct term is a ‘perigee syzygy Moon’; perigee meaning the closest point the Moon comes to Earth in its elliptical orbit of our planet and syzygy meaning the alignment of three celestial objects, in this case the Sun, Moon and Earth.


Many of you managed to photograph the full Moon and shared your images with us online. Here we present a selection of our favourite 'supermoon' captures.


Iain Todd, BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Iain ToddScience journalist

Iain Todd is BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Staff Writer. He fell in love with the night sky when he caught his first glimpse of Orion, aged 10.

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