Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) had a great view of this month's full moon.
July's full moon — the first of four straight supermoons over the next few months — rose at 7:10 p.m. EDT (2310 GMT) on Monday (July 3) in New York and set at 4:33 a.m. EDT (0833 GMT) on Tuesday (July 4). Astronaut Sultan Al Neyadi of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) shared stunning photos of the full moon, also known as the Buck Moon, from his vantage point on the orbiting lab.
"Gazing at the full moon from the ISS," Al Neyadi tweeted on Wednesday (July 5). "Even though we are up here in space, we are still quite the distance away from the moon."
On Monday, the full moon was at its closest distance to Earth in its elliptical, roughly 27-day orbit (called perigee), causing it to appear larger and brighter in the night sky than usual when viewed from Earth. When this happens, the full moon is called a supermoon, and there are three more set to occur this year.
Supermoons can lead to a 30% brightening of the moon and a 14% increase in the lunar disk as seen from Earth. However, these increases in brightness and apparent size aren't usually noticeable to the unaided eye.
"We are at an altitude of around 400 km [249 miles] from Earth while the average distance between Earth and the moon is around 384,000 km [238,607 miles]," Al Neyadi said in the tweet. By comparison, Monday's supermoon was just 224,895 miles (361,934 km) from Earth.
The next three full moons will be supermoons as well. The next one, called the Full Sturgeon Moon, will rise on Aug. 1, followed by another one on Aug. 30, which is considered a blue moon, as it will be the second in the same month. Then, a full moon on Sept. 23, called the Full Corn Moon, will close out this year's supermoon season.
If you're hoping to catch a look at one of the summer's supermoons, our guides to the best telescopes and best binoculars are a great place to start. If you're looking to snap photos of a full moon or other night sky objects, check out our guide on how to photograph the moon, as well as our best cameras for astrophotography and best lenses for astrophotography.
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