Photos by Reza Ghaderi, Islamic Republic News Agency
This year, the full moons of October, November and December are called supermoons since these take place when the moon is at its closest point of approach in its orbit around Earth. The supermoons have been creating magnificant scenes across the globe. These photos show the ancient Persepolis ruins in Iran during the November 2016 supermoon.
Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid) was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550-330 BCE). Persepolis is situated 70 km northeast of the modern city of Shiraz in the Fars Province of modern Iran. In contemporary Persian, the site is known as Takht-e Jamshid (Throne of Jamshid) and Parseh. The earliest remains of Persepolis date from around 515 BCE. To the ancient Persians, the city was known as Parsa, which means "The City of Persians".
A supermoon is the
coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon
makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent
size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the
perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. The term supermoon is not
astronomical, but originated in modern astrology. The association of the Moon
with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon
phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes
and volcanic eruptions, but there is no evidence of such a link. (read more on
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