advertisement

Columbia glimpses largest 2013 supermoon

Sunday, June 23, 2013 | 1:29 p.m. CDT; updated 4:02 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 23, 2013
The perigee moon shines above the bur oak tree in McBaine on Saturday. The perigee moon, or supermoon, happens once a year and is 14 percent larger than when the moon is at its farthest distance from the Earth.

Last night, the moon rose high and large over Columbia.

It was the largest 2013 supermoon, also known as a perigee moon. Some full moons can seem larger than normal, but Saturday night's moon has been the only perigee moon in 2013. For a perigee supermoon to appear, two conditions need to be met:

  • A full moon must line up with the Earth and sun.
  • The moon is at its closest point in its elliptical orbit to the Earth.

Columbia residents took the opportunity to tweet photos of the moon and discuss its pros and cons. If you missed it last night, the next time you'll be able to see a moon as big will be in August 2014. 

Did you take photos of the supermoon last night? Send them to us at ColumbiaMissourian.com or tweet at @CoMissourian using the hashtag #supermoon. We'll include your photos below!

Columbia resident Val Germann shared this photo of the supermoon, taken just after midnight on Sunday. It was made using a 6-inch refractor telescope and Sony DSLR. Germann belongs to the Central Missouri Astronomical Association and has been a member since 1978. Can't see the photo? View it on Flickr here.

Val Germann—Supermoon 2013 photo

If you can't view the story embedded below, click here to view it on Storify.com.

This story is part of a section of the Missourian called From Readers, which is dedicated to your voices and your stories. We hope you'll consider sharing. Here's how. Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements