The Gloomy Beauty of the D.C. ‘Supermoon’

Last night’s full moon was 14 percent closer than most other full moons. Did you miss it?

Aug. 11, 2014, 7:49 a.m.

Four­teen per­cent closer than nor­mal and 30 per­cent bright­er than nor­mal, the moon over Wash­ing­ton on Sunday night ad­ded some ex­tra drama to the mou­ments and build­ings of the city—cast­ing mid­night shad­ows across town. If you missed the night sky, Getty and NASA pho­to­graph­ers cap­tured in the the pho­tos be­low. 

A supermoon rises above the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial on August 10, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. National Journal
The statue soldiers of the Marine memorial reach, longingly, toward the large moon.  National Journal
The moon is seen over the The Peace Monument on the grounds of the United States Capitol. National Journal
The moon looms behind the Old Post office building.  National Journal
The supermoon over Washington. National Journal

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