Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, its ‘supermoon’!

Moon rise over East Hill near Ottery. Taken on Monday, 24 June. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref sho 5614

Moon rise over East Hill near Ottery. Taken on Monday, 24 June. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref sho 5614-26-13AW - Credit: Archant

The Earth’s nearest astronomical neighbour lit up Devon from the closest point in its cycle this week.

Herald photographer Alex Walton spotted the so-called ‘supermoon’ – a phenomenon seen when a full moon or a new moon coincides with the natural satellite’s closest approach in its elliptical orbit – rising over East Hill.

Supermoons occur about once every 14 full moons in a full moon cycle, so won’t be seen again until August 2014.


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