“Supermoons” gained their popular name as media sought to describe what happens when the moon approaches its closest distances to the Earth, appearing at its largest and brightest.
Scientists, who refer to these full moons as perigee moons, consider these to be rather common occurrences.
However, for scientists and civilians alike, it is quite a sight to behold — especially Sunday’s moon, which was said to be the most extraordinary of three supermoons lighting up skies this summer. The first occurred on July 12, and the third will take place on Sept. 9.
If you’re upset you missed Sunday’s spectacle in space, the moon will still appear quite full Monday night, and below are some photos to hold you over:
The supermoon appears yellow as the sky darkens over Edgartown, Mass., on Sunday on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. President Obama and his family are vacationing on the island. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
The moon is reflected as yellow sparks upon a darkening harbor in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha’s Vineyard Sunday. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
The silhouette of a plane flying across the backdrop of the supermoon taken from Roslindale, Mass. (Courtesy Ed Grzyb/@egrzyb via Twitter)
A flight into Logan is captured across Sunday’s supermoon. (Courtesy @bfluharty via Instagram)
The supermoon in downtown Boston early Monday morning. (Courtesy Daniel Levy/@dlevy via Twitter)
The moon captured over Boston near Prospect Hill. (Courtesy Casey Henry/@caseyhen via Twitter)
‘Supermoon’ Snapshots From Around The World:
NASA captured the perigee moon Sunday in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy NASA via Twitter)
A girl plays with a dog as a supermoon rises in Madrid on Sunday. (Andres Kudacki/AP)
A man walks against the perigee moon in Madrid on Sunday. (Andres Kudacki/AP)
People take photos as the moon rises above in Skopje, Macedonia, on Sunday. (Boris Grdanoski/AP)
A supermoon rises next to a clock on top of the Palace of Culture in Warsaw, Poland, on Sunday. (Alik Keplicz/AP)
The moon appears above the Colosseum, in Rome, on Sunday. (Andrew Medichini/AP)