Space Photos of the Week: The Super Pink Moon

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This past week, much of the world was treated to a Super Pink Moon and if you were one of many who missed out due to clouds or rain, don’t worry! This gallery of other supermoon shots will make up for it.

A supermoon is a full moon that happens when the stony satellite is also closest to Earth in its orbit. And, yes, while moonrises and moonsets make the moon look bigger because it’s behind buildings or natural objects that make it look huge by comparison, supermoons are in fact on average 7 percent bigger than a normal full moon and 15 percent brighter. But the Super Pink Moon is not really pink: It’s just called that because a pink North American wildflower called Phlox subulata blooms in early April.

Writers and poets love the moon, super or not, so this week we’ll offer a series of moon-related quotes and poems. Guess the author, then scroll down to the bottom for the answers.

Photograph: Getty Images

“Swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon, that monthly changes in her circled orb, lest that thy love prove likewise variable.”

Photograph: Yui Mok/Getty Images

“The stars are not wanted now: put out every one; Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun; Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood. For nothing now can ever come to any good.”


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