Sunday, March 20, 2011

Shooting the Moon

I stayed up waaaay too late last night, trying to catch the "Super Moon"; a full moon of rare size, a super "perigee moon"--the biggest in almost 20 years.

"The last full Moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993," says Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory in Washington DC. "I'd say it's worth a look."

Full moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon's orbit. It is an ellipse with one side (perigee) about 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other (apogee). Nearby perigee moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons that occur on the apogee side of the Moon's orbit.

I managed several detailed shots:

And then I started playing, silhouetting various bits of plant life in front of the moonlight:

This one is my favorite, a glowing orb cradled in cedar fronds:


  1. Those are some fantastic shots. I missed it because I was sick and went to bed really early. Maybe I'll see it tonight...

  2. Hi! You have such lovely posts! That moon is huge!
    I took your workshop in July at Hastings (Etiquette). I would love to post your notes, from that workshop, for my blog. May I get your permission to do that? I will give all of my credit to you and your husband, like I did for Ms Root on my latest post. Thank you!

  3. Thanks Rebecca!
    Yes, you may use the notes in your blog; my husband Robin, spoke on etiquette and I did the presentation on handkerchiefs.
    We will be presenting at Charleton Park again this July - more details soon!