The "supermoon" rising over Dubai on January 1, 2018 (Getty/Giuseppe Cacace)

Images of the first supermoon of 2018 take the Internet by storm

The images were just as stunning as promised


Rachel Leah
January 2, 2018 6:18PM (UTC)

The first day of the New Year brought something very special. The full moon, dubbed the "wolf moon," or as NASA calls it, #NewYearsDay Moon, will hold the title for the biggest and brightest moon of 2018, even just two days in.

NASA explained that a moon is a "supermoon" when "the full Moon will be at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth." The moon's orbit varies, but when we're lucky, "a full moon and the point closest to the Earth line up," NASA said.

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All of NASA's excitement the day before was more than justified once images of the supermoon surfaced on Twitter and elsewhere.

The images, captured from all over the world, were as stunning as promised.  https://twitter.com/CNN/status/947937251069186049

 

Hopefully you caught this supermoon, because there won't be another of this magnitude in 2018.


Rachel Leah

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachelkleah.

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