Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lunar Imaging Session - July 12, 2014 Super Moon (Perigee Moon)

The sky tonight was a bit cloudy in the early evening so I had to wait past 9pm already before I left my setup running and brought my new small Shitzhu named Crunch and Japanese Spitz named Bolt to the veterinary clinic for their deworming procedure. As we left the clinic, I saw the tonight's SuperMoon (Perigee Moon) shining brightly with no clouds. So I hurriedly went back home but unfortunately, The Moon has already pass by observing window so I just brought out my Canon Canon EOS 500D DSLR on EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS L lens set at 400mm f/11 on sturdy tripod to image the Full Moon at my laundry area. Tonight's SuperMoon is one of the 3 SuperMoons that will be visible this year. Tonight's Supermoon will be 222,611 miles away from Earth – that's about 30,000 miles closer than at its farthest distance in 2014. The moon will be at its closest this year on Aug. 10, when it will be 221,748 miles from Earth. Another Supermoon will follow thereafter again on September 9, 2014. A supermoon, also known as a perigee moon, happens when a moon turns full at about the same time it reaches perigee, or its closest point to Earth during its orbit. I also use a n older Full Moon taken last April 15, 2014 to make a comparison size against tonight's Supermoon and it is easily noticeably bigger :)

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