Forget Super Bowl Sunday — supermoon Sunday is where the real magic happens.
The biggest moon of the year glowed over Canadian skies on Sunday, shining 14 per cent larger and 30 per cent brighter than the typical full moon. This marked the second supermoon phenomena of the year, and, according to The Independent, was the closest the moon has been to earth in nearly two decades.
The moon was 356,896 kilometres away on Sunday afternoon — at around 1:44 p.m. ET — due to its position on the earth's elliptical orbit, according to the Lunar Perigee and Apogee Calculator. With the accompanying full moon rising later that night, Canadians instantly took to Twitter to share their celestial portraits on social media under the hashtag #supermoon2014.
Trending worldwide, even celebrities like Jimmy Fallon, Sarah Jessica Parker and Lena Dunham expressed their moonlight excitement online.
Super moon!!! Send pics!!— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) August 11, 2014
This particular supermoon also coincided with the annual Perseid meteor shower, which CBC News reports will peak on Aug. 12. Supermoons typically appear in the sky every 13-and-a-half months, but it will make a final 2014 appearance on Sept. 9, before returning on Sept. 28, 2015.
If you didn't catch the supermoon this time, these Canadians did:
The Supermoon, as seen from a Calgary back deck. pic.twitter.com/VAvUaAZ2n8— Ian Holloway (@LawDeanHolloway) August 11, 2014
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