'Supermoon' and Star Trails Shine On Flower Fields (Photo)
The “Supermoon” of May 2012 illuminates star trails over a rapeseed field in the village of Hidegkut, Hungary. The image was captured by astrophotographer Tamas Ladanyi, also featured in the photo.
Credit: Tamas Ladanyi/ Astrophoto.hu/ TWAN

The so-called "Supermoon of 2012" illuminates this image of star trails over a field of flowers in this spectacular skywatching photo.

Astrophotographer Tamas Ladanyi of The World at Night, featured in the photo, took this image in May 2012 from the village of Hidegkut in Veszprem, Hungary.

"I made this unusual self-portrait when I was watching the setting of Venus over the flower field," Ladanyi added. [Photos: The Supermoon of 2012]

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  • Supermoon! Not only is it the biggest full moon of the year, it's super cool.
  • Full Moons: They come around every month and light up the night.
  • Lunar Eclipses: There's nothing more spectacular than a blood-red moon in Earth's shadow.
  • Blue Moon: They're rare and amazing, if not actually blue.
  • Solar Eclipses: The moon has the power to block out the sun!
According to NASA officials, the orb appeared around 14 percent bigger than other full moons of 2012. These types of events occur when the moon reaches perigeethe closest point to the Earth. The moon was about 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) from Earth at the time. The moon is usually about 230,000 miles (384,400 km) away from Earth.

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