Students and faculty in the department were excited to see a supermoon!  The term supermoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, which he defined as "a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near  its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit."  Since it's at its closest to Earth, it looks bigger and brighter to the naked eye. Students reported being surprised by how big, bright and beautiful the moon was!