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Recent Sightings Recent sightings: Moon over Madison

September 28, 2015

Seen from the roof of the Memorial Library on the UW–Madison campus, a supermoon rises in the nighttime sky behind the “Wisconsin” statue atop the dome of the Wisconsin State Capitol Sept. 27. The term “supermoon” references a point when when the moon reaches its full phase at or near the satellite’s closest approach to Earth, and appears abnormally large and bright as a result. A rare lunar eclipse, or blood moon, occurred a few hours later.

Photos by Jeff Miller/University Communications

Photo: Moon rising above Capitol dome

Photo: Moon behind Capitol dome statue

Photo: Closeup of moon behind statue

Photo: Moon rising above Capitol dome in darkness

Photo: Moon in dark sky above Capitol