Supermoon 2012

On Saturday, skywatchers around the world were treated to views of the so-called "supermoon," the largest full moon of the year. On May 6, the moon approached within 357,000 km (222,000 mi) of Earth, in what is scientifically known as a perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system (perigee: closest point of an elliptical orbit; syzygy: straight line made of three bodies in a gravitational system). Photographers across the globe set out to capture the event, and collected here are 24 of the most super images of this year's supermoon. [26 photos total]

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The full moon rises over the skyline of Lower Manhattan and One World Trade Center in New York, as seen from West Orange, New Jersey, on May 6, 2012. (Reuters/Gary Hershorn) #
Basking in the light of the full moon at perigee (aka the so-called "supermoon") on Indian Rock in north Berkeley, California. Original here. (CC BY Daniel Parks) #
The full moon rises behind a mosque as birds fly in Amman, Jordan, on May 5, 2012. (Reuters/Ali Jarekji) #
A statue of the ancient goddess Athena stands before the full moon in Athens, Greece, on May 6, 2012. (Aris Messinis/AFP/GettyImages) #
The "supermoon" appears behind the Mare shanty town complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano) #
A perigee moon, or supermoon, rises behind wind turbines on May 5, 2012 near Palm Springs, California. The bright light of the full moon will hide all but the brightest meteors of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, the remnant debris trail of Halley's Comet. (David McNew/Getty Images) #
Men stand on top of a butte at Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona, hoping for a better view of the supermoon, on May 5, 2012. (Reuters/Darryl Webb) #
Supermoon behind the Capitol dome in Washington, D.C., on May 6, 2012. (© Carl Diegert) #
The full moon rises from the top of the Haramoun mountain, as seen from Marjayoun village in south Lebanon, on May 5, 2012. (Reuters/Jamal Saidi) #
The brightly lit night sky of the supermoon from onboard the yacht CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand during leg 6 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Itajai, Brazil, to Miami, USA, on Sunday, May 6, 2012. (Hamish Hooper/CAMPER ETNZ/Volvo Ocean Race photo via AP Images) #
The supermoon appears behind the Temple of Poseidon in Cape Sounion, south east of Athens, Greece, on Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis) #
A steeple with crosses of an Orthodox church, in silhouette before the supermoon, in the town of Novogrudok, 150 km (93 miles) west of Minsk, Belarus, on May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) #
The supermoon lights up Waikiki and Diamond Head in Honolulu, Hawaii, on May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner) #
Wrangler Nate Cummins rides by moonlight, the night before the supermoon during Montana Horses' annual horse drive outside Three Forks, Montana, on May 4, 2012. The Mantle family, who own Montana Horses and who have have invited the public to witness horse drives for the last 11 years, are holding their last horse drive. Approximately 300 horses are rounded up and driven 35 miles from their winter range to the Mantle ranch over the course of three days. The horses are later picked up by leasers to be used as pack and trail horses at dude ranches and national parks. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart) #
The supermoon rises over San Francisco, California, beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Original here. (© Bob Nastasi) #
Buddhists walk around the Borobudur temple while carrying candles during Vesak Day, commonly known as "Buddha's birthday", at the Borobudur Mahayana Buddhist monument in Magelang, Indonesia, on May 6, 2012. Vesak is observed during the full moon in May or June and the ceremony centers around three Buddhist temples, whereby pilgrims walk from Mendut to Pawon, ending at Borobudur. (Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images) #
Lanterns released by Buddhist worshipers fly as the full moon is seen in the background during a procession commemorating Vesak day, which marks the birth, death and enlightenment of Buddha, at the 9th century Borobudur temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, on May 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi) #
The supermoon rises over the skyline of Toronto, Ontario, on May 5, 2012. (Reuters/Mark Blinch) #
The full moon rises behind a replica of the Statue of Liberty atop a hotel in Kosovo's capital Pristina, on May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu) #
The supermoon rises over the Pacific Ocean on May 6, 2012, seen from Sydney, Australia. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) #
The moon rises above 1 World Trade Center and lower Manhattan, on Friday, May 4, 2012 in New York City. The tower, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, is now up to 101 stories. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) #
The full supermoon, behind the massive statue of Christ the Redeemer above Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. (Reuters/Ricardo Moraes) #
A runner makes his way along a trail on a butte in front of the supermoon at Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 5, 2012. (Reuters/Darryl Webb) #
The supermoon rises above the skyline of Seattle, Washington, as seen from Kerry Park. Original here. (© JR Bad Habit) #
The full moon rises above Los Angeles on May 5, 2012. (Salman Jafri) #
The moon rises over Cultus Mountain on May 5, 2012 in Skagit County, Wash. (Scott Terrell/Skagit Valley Herald/Associated Press) #

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