Last Sunday night was supermoon night. There are three occurrences of them this year, a rarity and a real treat for moon lovers. Skywatchers already got a chance to see two supermoons so far, the first occurred on July 12th., the second on August 10th., and the third will be on September 9th. The latest supermoon is the most ‘super’ of them all, because the full moon coincided with its perigee, and at a distance of 356,896 kilometers from Earth, was closer to Earth this time than it did in July or will in September.
Why the hoopla over Sunday’s supermoon?
A supermoon (also known as a “perigee full moon”) occurs when a new or full moon coincides with lunar perigee – the point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to Earth. Just as an object looks bigger as we approach nearer towards it, the same applies with the moon; therefore, during supermoon, the moon can appear up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than it appears on a typical night. In Malaysia, the perigree was at approximately 1.10am on August 11th., lasting for about 26 minutes, with the supermoon almost directly overhead.
The moon was gorgeous that night, like a giant pearl glowing brightly, it looked so enchanting, yet mysterious, cheekily playing peekaboo among the clouds – it left me a little moonstruck! 🙂
These photos (except the last photo) were taken between 10.30 and 11.30 pm on Sunday night while the moon was working its way to full moon and perigee (supermoon). It was a cloudy night, as were the previous few nights, with thick cloud cover where I was. Given the cloudy weather and the likelihood of rain, I did not put my hopes up on getting some good photos of the moon that night. Fortunately, it did not rain, and there were snatches of cloud cover breaks through the night, with a steady jetstream working the clouds, giving me the opportunity to photograph the moon every now and then that night. The cloud cover was a blessing in disguise, it helped filter down the intense moonlight for a more balanced exposure (I am not familiar with HDR) of the moon and clouds without burning out the moon details entirely, giving depth, colour and emotion to the photos. I hope you like them.
All photos: Fuji X-E1/X-E2 with XF 55-200mm