This past weekend, we enjoyed the company of a Supermoon.
Yes, you did too – even if you didn’t know it.
A Supermoon occurs when the full moon is the closest to the Earth. It appears larger, and well… Super.
Wikepedia says that the “Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth”.
I wanted to get some pictures of this Supermoon. I read that seeing it early, low on the horizon, would serve to seeing it at it’s largest, so I headed east around 7:45 PM.
I didn’t see it until I got to 2nd Avenue
and there weren’t really any buildings around it for scale.
So, it kind of looks like a Normalmoon instead of a Supermoon.
So, as much as I loved the Supermoon, I was slightly disappointed by my choice of timing.
But, I had lugged along the tripod, and the long lens, so I set up next to the FDR Drive, and I shot the moon.
Here it is, blown up to show all of it’s Super Glory:
And here it is, far outshining the streelights of Manhattan
Here is the shot I had HOPED to get. Since I couldn’t get it while I was out, I achieved it on my computer – by shamelessly compositing two pictures together. I shot The Chrysler Building on Saturday night, and I shot the Supermoon on Saturday night, and I composited them together today:
I end with a Moon Map from 1645 by Johannes Hevelius, thanks again to Wikipedia: