You may have noticed the moon looked bigger and brighter than usual this weekend. When the moon is full while its orbit is closest to Earth it's known as a "supermoon," creating an illusion of a dramatically large luminous sphere when viewed close to the horizon. This is what occurred over the weekend when the moon was at its fullest on Friday night and still appeared brighter than normal overnight Saturday.
Don't fret if you missed this weekend's phenomenon; there are two more chances to see a supermoon this summer: Aug. 10 and Sept. 9. Check out stunning photos of this weekend's supermoon submitted by readers below.
— Jillian Sederholm
First published July 13 2014, 12:07 PM