Photo Alert: Super Full Moon This Saturday

Posted by David Ozanich — 17 Mar 2011


Attention shutterbugs! Make sure you've got some film in your camera (or the digital equivalent) on Saturday night because not only will we have a full moon, but it will be a "super full moon." What's that? It's all very science-y, but that night the moon will be at perigee - the point in its orbit during which it is closest to the earth.

According to NASA that means it will appear 14% larger than normal. This happens very rarely - apparently the last time it occurred to this extent was 1983! So all you moon lovers and werewolves should definitely plan on pointing your cameras towards the heavens that night. Some thoughts from NASA:

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.

This informative video explains things better than this blogger probably can:

PS - Here's a little advice on photographing the moon from JPG member Justin Lewis.

Via Gawker.

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