Between the ongoing Ebola virus epidemic, the American bombing campaign against Islamic State and the continuing crisis in eastern Ukraine, it's nice to occasionally get some visual confirmation that not everything is terrible. The beautiful images of Monday night's supermoon taken from various locales across the globe are a welcome reminder that life is pretty beautiful now and then.
Here's a primer on supermoons from the previous one in August:
A supermoon, known at NASA as a "perigee" full moon, occurs when a full moon gets closest to the Earth during its elliptical orbit. While the Moon's orbit typically keeps it around 238,000 miles from the planetary surface, a full supermoon is as close as 225,000 miles.
NASA says that supermoons appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal full moons. While supermoons usually occur about once every 13-14 months, this year will see three uncharacteristically close ones — a phenomenon that won't happen again until 2034.
Monday's supermoon was also known as a Harvest Moon, thanks to its close timing to the autumn equinox, and is the last one that will occur this year. Since you won't see it for a while, here are 18 of the best images from Monday night.