Super Full Moon rising by BigAndRed

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Full moon at Perigee rising above the burnt hills of Kelmscott, Perth, Western Australia. 6:25 pm 19-3-2011 uploaded an hour after shot. On the night of the full moon the moon rises at the same time the sun sets, so i know when to be in position and where to aim. This was shot in the park a short walk from home, had to be clear of houses and power lines. 132 views in the first day 20-3-2011, 1158 views 21-11-2012
Pentax K20D, 70-300 zoom @ 300mm, iso400, f5.6, 1/180 +/- 2 stops, handheld, 3 shot HDR processed in Photomatix pro4

Full moon (full frame, No cropping!)
by BigAndRed


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Super Full Moon 16, 2011: Mark your calendar. On March 19th, a full Moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset. It’s 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): diagram. Nearby perigee moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons that occur on the apogee side of the Moon’s orbit.
“The full Moon of March 19th occurs less than one hour away from perigee a near-perfect coincidence1 that happens only 18 years or so,” adds Chester.
A perigee full Moon brings with it extra-high “perigean tides,” but this is nothing to worry about, according to NOAA. In most places, lunar gravity at perigee pulls tide waters only a few centimeters (an inch or so) higher than usual. Local geography can amplify the effect to about 15 centimeters (six inches) not exactly a great flood.
Super Full Moon (moon illusion, 200px)
The Moon looks extra-big when it is beaming through foreground objects a.k.a. “the Moon illusion.”
Indeed, contrary to some reports circulating the Internet, perigee Moons do not trigger natural disasters. The “super moon” of March 1983, for instance, passed without incident. And an almost-super Moon in Dec. 2008 also proved harmless.
Okay, the Moon is 14% bigger than usual, but can you really tell the difference? It’s tricky. There are no rulers floating in the sky to measure lunar diameters.
Hanging high overhead with no reference points to provide a sense of scale, one full Moon can seem much like any other.
The best time to look is when the Moon is near the horizon. That is when illusion mixes with reality to produce a truly stunning view. For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects. On March 19th, why not let the “Moon illusion” amplify a full Moon that’s extra-big to begin with? The swollen orb rising in the east at sunset may seem so nearby, you can almost reach out and touch it.
Don’t bother. Even a super perigee Moon is still 356,577 km away. That is, it turns out, a distance of rare beauty.
See the ScienceCast of this story on YouTube at:


moon, perigee, luna, kelmscott, perth, western australia


  • Heather Thorning
    Heather Thorningover 3 years ago

    Nice catch:)

  • thanks heathth, planed this for couple of days.

    – BigAndRed

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 3 years ago

    Excellent image! Well Done! Cheers, Mary

  • thanks Mary

    – BigAndRed

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsover 3 years ago

    Excellent work!:)

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyover 3 years ago

    arn’t you lucky.. Beautiful shot!! -I have cloud & rain over here! thanks for sharing !!

  • no luck here, can you send some rain over here please. thanks Gail

    – BigAndRed

  • Felix Haryanto
    Felix Haryantoover 3 years ago

    Wow! that is so big. great shot

  • i should of lugged the big lens and tripod out, thanks Felix

    – BigAndRed

  • flame7
    flame7over 3 years ago

    Outstanding capture!!!!

  • thanks Kelly

    – BigAndRed

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...over 3 years ago

    very nice! Good colour and definition. It rained here – all night, blub!

  • thanks Odille, we’ve had 1 hour of rain since november so i new the conditions would be fine.

    – BigAndRed

  • Richard Williams
    Richard Williamsover 3 years ago

    great photo!! i sat for about an hour waiting, hoping the moon would show through the coulds here in the US but didnt have much luck :/

  • to save yourself some time have a look at the NASA site, and on full moon night the moon rises at the same time the sun sets.

    – BigAndRed

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 3 years ago

    Nice…it is just rising here…

  • aloha, did you get clear sky?

    – BigAndRed

  • Nicole Jeffery
    Nicole Jefferyover 3 years ago

    Wonderful photo!

  • thanks Nicole

    – BigAndRed

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