Weekend’s supermoon May 5-2012
These stunning pictures show this weekend’s supermoon, a phenomenon which causes the moon to appear bigger and brighter than usual. The spectacle captured at landmarks across the globe, including the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, the Statue of Liberty in New York, and the Temple of Poseidon near Athens. The illusion, known as a perigee full moon, caused by the moon traveling closer to the Earth than usual on its elliptical orbit. When the moon appears at its biggest it will be 221,457 miles away, compared with its usual distance of 238,606 miles.