Our Favorite Photos of This Week's Epic Supermoon

Supermoon rising over Russia’s Soyuz-FG booster rocket at the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Image: Dmitri Lovetsky/AP

Last night, photographers around the world turned their cameras to the sky to capture the closest full moon—also known as a supermoon—since 1948. We’ve scoured the web to bring you some of our favorite photos of the celestial event that took our minds off the current state of world affairs for a few blissful minutes.


What makes a good supermoon photo? Critically, there have to be other objects in the shot, so that your brain has some frame of reference for how damn big the Moon looks. NASA has a few more tips for would-be supermoon photographers, so if you didn’t get your money shot already, be sure to read up before trying your luck this evening. (Although the Moon passed its closest point of approach—or perigee—this morning, it will still look pretty darn super tonight.)

If you took a great photo of the November 14th supermoon, or know of a great photo you’d like to see added to this collection, drop me a line at maddie.stone@gizmodo.com or on Twitter.

Moon rising behind the castle of Almodovar in Cordoba, Spain. Image: Miguel Morenatti/AP
Moon rising over the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Image: Yorgos Karahalis/AP
Moon rising behind a TV tower in Berlin, Germany. Image: Markus Schreiber/AP
Moon rising over a mosque in the suburbs of Islamabad, Pakistan. Image: B.K. Bangash/AP
Moon rising behind the Lotus temple in in New Delhi, India. Image: Tsering Topgyal/AP
Moon rising over the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Image: Sakchai Lalit/AP
Moon rising in the desert in Dubai, UAE. Image: Tom Dulat/Getty Images
Moon setting over Venice Beach, California. Image: Christopher Polk/Getty Images
Moon rising over Redondo beach, California. Image: David McNew/Getty Images
Moon rising behind the Kamakhya Hindu temple in Gauhati, India. Image: Anupam Nath/AP
Moon rising behind an opera house in Hanoi, Vietnam. Image: Hau Dinh/AP
Moon setting near the Statue of Liberty, New York. Image: Julio Cortez/AP
Tower crane silhouetted against the Moon in Dubai, UAE. Image: Kamran Jebreili/AP
Moon setting over Philadelphia. Image: Joseph Kaczmarek/AP
A jet plane flies across the moon as seen from Beijing, China. Image: Ng Han Guan/AP
Moon rising over Hobart, Australia. Image: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images
Moon rising in St. Albert, Alberta. Image: Jeff Wallace
Size comparison between the moon on November 13th, 95% illuminated, and the full moon on November 14th as it approached perigee. Image: Farmanasha

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Maddie Stone is a freelancer based in Philadelphia.