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12-05-2016, 03:33 PM - 4 Likes   #1
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Another "Supermoon" Opportunity

For those who like to photograph the full moon at perigee, there's another opportunity coming up on 13-14 December, next.

Although there seems to be no fuss this time, as with the "closest in 70 years" catch-line in November, let me just point out that the moon at perigee on 13 December (10:27am EDST - that's on the East Coast of Australia, other than Queensland; you can work out your own time zone data) will be a mere 358,463 km from Earth, while Full Moon will be at 11:06am EDST on 14 December.

Back in November, when we were being bombarded with much publicity on the Supermoon of the Century, the moon at perigee was a frighteningly-close 356,512 km from Earth (ie a whopping 0.55% closer), but on that occasion perigee and full moon were obligingly at night here, and only a few hours apart.

Putting all that to one side, we Southern hemispherians will have an interesting time of things, with sunset and moonrise occurring at around the same time on Wednesday 14 December (almost precisely, where I live). Others will have to consult their local calendars (as others here do, I find The Photographer's Ephemeris app to be invaluable for such things).

Just bear in mind that the moon will be that much (about 0.55%) smaller this time, though.

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I was working night shift when the last one occurred, glad there will be one soon.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RobA_Oz Quote

Putting all that to one side, we Southern hemispherians will have an interesting time of things, with sunset and moonrise occurring at around the same time on Wednesday 14 December (almost precisely, where I live). Others will have to consult their local calendars (as others here do, I find The Photographer's Ephemeris app to be invaluable for such things).
That makes the biggest difference, a little help from the sun!
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Unfortunately, the Geminids meteor shower peaks on the night of the 13-14 so the full Moon will wash out all but the brightest meteors. On the other hand if you're out there anyway you may catch a few shooting stars.

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QuoteOriginally posted by RobA_Oz Quote
...Just bear in mind that the moon will be that much (about 0.55%) smaller this time, though.
Yeah, so depending on which camera and lens you use, you lose a whopping 10 pixels off the moon's size
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I got up early for the last one because it was special, no regrets. Would be willing to do the trip to a fairly dark site for the Geminids...oh well. Next time.
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My sister's in-laws had a photo of the super moon rising over the mountains near their house and a forest fire in the valley below. Pretty intense stuff.
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OK, OK, no need to repeat this 3 times ( just kidding), but show us the picture!


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