It’s Supermoon 2013! The larger lunar lobe lights up the Levant
Forget Superman, Super Walmart, the Super Bowl and even the Super Nintendo. For this Slide Show, it's all about the supermoon.
And what exactly is a supermoon?
It's a rare celestial occurrence that happens once every 14 full moons that makes the moon look 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than it usually is. Last Saturday, the moon was approximately 2 percent closer to us Earthlings - the closest in 20 years.
Meanwhile, there's been wild speculation – mainly on the Internet – linking the supermoon to natural disasters all over the world. On January 10, 2005, a tsunami hit Indonesia causing devastating damage. Just a few weeks later, a supermoon appeared. And in January of 2010, a catastrophic earthquake hit Haiti. Eighteen days later guess who showed up? Supermoon.
People have also linked the supermoon to Hurricane Katrina, which practically wiped out several southeastern states in the US.
So, does this “rare celestial occurrence” cause natural disasters? The short answer – at least according to experts – is no.
And for anyone that's curious, the moon is approximately 384,400km away from our planet. On June 23, stargazers around the globe got a real treat as they watched – and photographed – the moon dubbed in its “super” form. With all that being said, we thought we'd put together the best photos from around the region.