The biggest “supermoon” in decades lit up the North Carolina sky on Sunday night and several people sent photos of it to FOX8.
A supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day as its perigee, the point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to Earth.
Supermoons usually appear about 14 percent bigger and about 30 percent brighter than other full moons, according to CNN. It happens about every 13 months.
But this month’s supermoon is special it because it became full within about two hours of perigee — arguably making it an “extra-super moon,” according to NASA. It’s the biggest one since 1948.
Marnie Jones sent FOX8 a photo of the large moon from her home in Burlington. She said it looked beautiful.
“My toddler is discovering the moon and loves to go out and look at it several times a night. She really loved to see how big it was,” Jones said.
Lisa Marie Hinson took a picture of the moon from her backyard in Lexington.
“I thought the moon was cosmic looking like it was emerging from the Milky Way,” she said.
Another supermoon is expected to rise on December 14. But we won’t see another one like this until 2034.
“I thought it was beautiful and since it’s the biggest supermoon since 1948 I wanted to capture a picture for memories,” said a viewer in Wallburg who send in a photo. “My family and I enjoyed slipping outside in the chilly air to get a glimpse of the moon.”