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'Supermoon' wows, disappoints with its show (Video)

May 6, 2012 |  8:23 am

Some thought the "supermoon" was breathtaking, others were disappointed.

But a lot of people across California — and beyond — went out to document it on Saturday night.

Here are some examples.

The supermoon over the 101 Freeway:

The supermoon over San Francisco:

The "supermoon" over Monterey:

Known technically as a perigee moon, the "supermoon" was said to be 14% larger and 30% brighter than the other full moons of 2012. The phenomenon happens about once a year. Because the moon follows an elliptical orbit around the Earth, its distance from the planet varies. Full moons that occur when the moon is the closest, on the perigee side of its orbit, are particularly big and bright.

For more on the supermoon, including an explanatory video, go to NASA’s science news site.


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