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The 'dazzling' Super Moon
Saturday's much-anticipated Super Moon — the largest and brightest full moon in nearly two decades — thrilled many onlookers, and terrified others
 
Saturday's supermoon, as seen from an observatory in Toronto, Canada, appeared 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the smallest full moons
Saturday's supermoon, as seen from an observatory in Toronto, Canada, appeared 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the smallest full moons
CC BY: Adam Evans

The 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:

 

 

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