A “supermoon” is partially obscured by the clouds over Launch Complex 39 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. At left, the 525-foot-tall Vehicle Assembly Building, illuminated by artificial light, threatens to outshine the moon.
The scientific term for the supermoon phenomenon is "perigee moon." Full moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the moon's orbit. The moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side about 50,000 kilometers closer than the other. Full moons that occur on the perigee side of the moon's orbit seem extra big and bright. For additional information, visit http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/10jul_supermoons/. Photo credit: NASA/Ben Smegelsky