Super Moon!

The biggest and brightest full moon of the year arrived Saturday May 5th, as our celestial neighbor passed closer to Earth than usual.

Saturday’s event was a “supermoon,” the closest and therefore the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. At 11:34 p.m., the moon was about 221,802 miles from Earth. That’s about 15,300 miles closer than average. That proximity makes the moon appear about 14% bigger than it would if the moon were at its farthest distance.

The moon photo rising over Bell Rock was taken at 7:45 pm from the Yavapai Point Trail south of Rt 179 near the Village of Oak Creek. The other night sky shots were taken from the Bell Rock Trail facing southwest with views of Castle Rock, Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte. The bright “star” is Venus.


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