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In this amazing photo, the silhouettes are the International Space Station (ISS) passing in front of the supermoon.   Image credit Kris Smith

Using careful planning and split-second timing, a meticulous lunar photographer captured ten images of the ISS passing in front of last month’s full moon. But this wasn’t just any full moon — this was the first of the three consecutive 2016 supermoons. A supermoon is a full moon that appears a few percent larger and brighter than most other full moons. The featured image sequence was captured near Dallas, Texas. Occurring today is the second supermoon of this series, a full moon that is the biggest and brightest not only of the year, but of any year since 1948. To see today’s super-supermoon yourself, just go outside at night and look up. The third supermoon of this year’s series will occur in mid-December.



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