he image: On Saturday, the moon was a (relatively) short 221,565 miles away, the closest the moon has been to the Earth since 1993. That made it appear 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the smallest full moons, a "dazzling 'supermoon' effect" that awed sky-gazers worldwide. "And while the science is interesting," says Terri Rupar in The Washington Post, "some of the pictures are quite stunning." (See one example, taken from an observatory in Toronto, Canada, below.)
The reaction: The Super Moon "did not disappoint," says Tariq Malik at Space.com. Its size didn't wow all viewers, but most were "dazzled by its brightness." So much so, says Stanley G. Pinto in The Times of India, that many people overreacted, cowed by long-running (and unsubstantiated) superstitions that disaster would accompany the Super Moon. For example, migrant laborers in Mangalore, India, fled the city, leaving its fishing industry high and dry. See the Super Moon photo, captured by Adam Evans, for yourself:
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like
- The Daily Show has some fun mocking the CPAC power players
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Here's proof that Justin Bieber is just as spoiled as you always thought
- Watch Zach Galifianakis get annoyed at President Obama on Between Two Ferns
- Why I'm sick and tired of seeing naked women on HBO
- 10 things you need to know today: March 11, 2014
- Why Ted Cruz is the real-life Frank Underwood
- Why is it so expensive to build a bridge in America?
- What the collapse of the Ming Dynasty can tell us about American decline
Subscribe to the Week