Thanks to our intrepid skywatcher, Hancock Park resident Linda Sanoff, we were alerted to look up and appreciate the incredible super snow moon or supermoon in the sky for the last several days. It has been widely reported that the name refers to the fact that its appearance often coincides with with heavy snowfall around this time of year, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac reference book. For the last two nights the moon has been about 17,000 miles closer to the earth than average.
“A Supermoon is a celestial wonder because it is when the Moon can appear nearly 30 percent brighter and almost 14 percent larger than a typical Full Moon,” online observatory website Slooh Astronomer, Dr. Paige Godfrey told Space.com.
There were lots of stunning images of the moon from skywatchers around the world posted on social media. This USA Today story has a nice video of some of the images.