Super, a Supermoon!

by Bridget Richard

Many people viewed the supermoon on Sunday, September 27.

To be a supermoon, there are several events that occur at the same time. This is the main reason why a supermoon is so special–the probability that all of these things happening at once is incredibly slim.  Since the moon’s orbit around the Earth is not perfectly circular there is a certain point, known as the perigee, where the moon is closest to the Earth. At that same time, there is a lunar eclipse that occurs. A lunar eclipse happens when the sun, Earth, and moon line up. When these two prerequisites occur simultaneously, a supermoon occurs.

Spectators all over the world gathered to watch this rare phenomenon, including students from BHS. Senior Becca Rogers commented, “It was my sister’s birthday, so we lit cupcakes and floated them down the river in the moonlight.” 

Amateurs and professionals alike brought out their cameras and telescopes to capture the moment with more clarity. Here are some of the most breathtaking photos from the event.