21 Super Amazing Shots From Last Night’s Supermoon

Published August 11, 2014
Updated October 31, 2019

Missed last night's supermoon? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

Don’t feel too badly if you missed last night’s supermoon, or the so-beautiful-it-seems-fake moment when the full moon coincides with the moon’s closest approach to Earth during its orbit around us. In spite of all that divides us, millions of people from Madrid to Rio to Beijing took a minute or so yesterday to engage in a collective ogle at the luminous sphere whose daily spotting is one of the few experiences we all share.

During the supermoon–which by the way isn’t exactly a scientific term–the moon appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is at its farthest distance away from Earth.

Here are 21 of our favorite shots:

Supermoon Rio
Supermoon revelers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Supermoon Wisconsin Coaster
Roller coaster riders in Wisconsin getting a bird's eye view of the supermoon

Supermoon Greece
The supermoon as seen near Athens

Supermoon Spain
A girl and her dog make lovely silhouettes against the supermoon in Madrid

Supermoon Bangkok
The super moon hangs among the pale pink clouds in Bangkok, Thailand

Supermoon China
The supermoon as seen from Beijing, China

Supermoon Brazil
A sultry supermoon obscured by Brazilian skies

Supermoon Washington
The supermoon illuminates a statue in Washington, DC

Supermoon Empire State
The supermoon is grander than any skyscraper in New York City

Supermoon Hong Kong
Travelers on this Hong Kong bridge get a prime view of the supermoon

Supermoon ISS
And from above: the supermoon as captured by members of the International Space Station

Supermoon Jilin CHina
The serpentine supermoon in Jilin Province, China

Supermoon Macedonia
The supermoon as seen near Macedonia's Vardar River

Supermoon Madrid
The supermoon overshadows Madrid's four towers.

Supermoon Patron Saint Malta
During the Maltese festival honoring its patron saint, not even fireworks can hide the super moon's natural beauty

Supermoon Malta
The supermoon hangs heavy and warm above Mdina, Malta's capital city

Supermoon Moscow Museum
An imposing supermoon seen behind Russia's national symbol, the eagle, in Moscow

Supermoon Moscow
An iconic shot of Rusky red and the supermoon in Moscow, Russia

Supermoon Brazil
The supermoon glides above Brazil's Ouro Preto

Supermoon Sydney
The supermoon contrasts with the modern contours of the Sydney Opera House in Australia

Supermoon Tower Bridge
The supermoon adorns London's Tower Bridge

Thanks to The Telegraph and Russia Today for the images.

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
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Cox, Savannah. "21 Super Amazing Shots From Last Night’s Supermoon." AllThatsInteresting.com, August 11, 2014, https://allthatsinteresting.com/supermoon. Accessed May 22, 2024.