Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

‘Supermoon’ lights up the night sky Saturday

The full moon on Saturday night was unusually big. The other word for it? "Supermoon."

That's the nickname for full moons that happen when our celestial neighbour is brought slightly closer to Earth by its elliptical orbit. Scientists call them "perigee moons." When it's close and full, it appears bigger and brighter than normal, although in fact the difference can be hard to detect.

Globe photographer John Lehmann went out to shoot photos of the supermoon by Vancouver's Lions Gate Bridge:

Globe readers also shared their photos with the hashtag #globemoon:


Don’t sweat it. It’s easy for a supermoon’s superness to be obscured by poor weather. It’s also not all that unusual to have a supermoon: There were three in a row last year.

You’ll get two more chances this summer: The full moons on Aug. 10 and Sept. 9 are also supermoons. The Aug. 10 moon will be this year’s closest.

Story continues below advertisement

Report an error

The Globe invites you to share your views. Please stay on topic and be respectful to everyone. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

We’ve made some technical updates to our commenting software. If you are experiencing any issues posting comments, simply log out and log back in.

Discussion loading… ✨