Supermoon

This first of this summers’ three supermoons occurred over the weekend and lit up the sky Friday night into Saturday morning. According to NASA, a supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full on the same days as its perigee, which is the point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to Earth.

The combination of the moons proximity to earth and its full shape results in a moon that appears 14% larger and up to 30% brighter, making supermoons quite noticeable and spectacular to observe. But don’t worry if you missed this past weekends, as two more are due to occur this summer!

Be sure to keep an eye on the sky August 10th and September 9th to catch the next ones. In the meantime, please enjoy these lovely student artist depictions of moons from around the world.

Moonlight By Xiao Age: 9 China

Moonlight
By Xiao Age: 9
China

Artist description: In my scene, the moon rises and the flowers then bloom at night. The value I am depicting is the importance of the moon to us on earth.”
Chand Raat (Moonlit Night) By Ayesha Age: 14 USA

Chand Raat (Moonlit Night)
By Ayesha Age: 14
USA

Artist description: “My scene is about a holiday eve, where we put henna that night, and the sheik (priest) looks at the moon. Then he announces if the holiday is tomorrow. I chose this scene, because we love Chand Raat and whirling for the moon and preparations for the next day.”

*Chand Raat translates to “night of the moon,” and refers to the spotting of the full moon to signify the end of Ramada and the coming of the following Islamic month of Shaawal*

Moon Cake Festival By Cheh Age: 7 Malaysia

Moon Cake Festival
By Cheh Age: 7
Malaysia

Artist description:They are holding lanterns in front of my house and it is one of the famous and important Chinese traditional occasions in a year. Moon cake festival we can hold lanterns, eat moon cake, we can put candles on the ground.”

Moonlight in Night By Erandani Age: 10 Sri Lanka

Moonlight in Night
By Erandani Age: 10
Sri Lanka

Artist description: “It’s a night with full moon light. People are sleeping in the houses. Moonlight is spreading on the roofs and the floor. I chose this scene because I like moonlight at night.”

Enjoy the Moon By Misaki Age: 16 Japan

Enjoy the Moon
By Misaki Age: 16
Japan

Artist description: “In the Fall, many Japanese enjoy the moon. We eat dumplings and watch the full moon. It is an event that we all enjoy.”

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