Supermoon on San Francisco

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    Supermoon over golden gate bridge

    On Saturday May 5, 2012, the lunar perigee coincided with a full moon. This fascinating event occurs about once a year. At its closest point the moon will be 222,000 miles (357,000 km) from Earth, causing high and low tides to be slightly more extreme than usual. [Source: The Telegraph]

    The exact numbers differ depending on who you source, but according to NASA the moon appears up to 14% larger and 30% brighter. The scientific term for the phenomenon is “perigee moon”. Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon’s orbit. The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side (“perigee”) about 50,000 km closer than the other (“apogee”).

    The best time to look is when the Moon is near the horizon. 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. The last Super perigee Moon occurred on March 19th, 2011, producing a full Moon that was almost 400 km closer. [Source: NASA]

    SF Lіghts, ^Lakshman^, and 49 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. flopper 24 months ago | reply

      A little higher ,brighter and yellowish moon after a few minutes

      Super Moon  #2

    2. SF Lіghts 24 months ago | reply

      Pretty sure I walked past you. Did I give you a button?

    3. flopper 24 months ago | reply

      no one gave me a button. Sorry missed you!

    4. ^Lakshman^ 24 months ago | reply

      great framing

    5. 1bluecanoe 24 months ago | reply

      gosh, such a fine shot! Love the colors....

    6. E.........'s Diary 24 months ago | reply

      a wonderful shot! This is a prize winner! I really like the blue and the delicate shades of the moon and the city.

    7. Liping Photo 24 months ago | reply

      Beautiful tone & great pov !

    8. witchyzing 24 months ago | reply

      Didn't we have a just such a lovely clear evening. I was worried we would have fog.
      This is just lovely. The colors and the vantage point. Did you take that from up by the batteries?

    9. bitters2005 [deleted] 24 months ago | reply

      Wow - awesome shot.

    10. Giuseppe Parisi 24 months ago | reply

      I couldn't see the super moon here, all cloudy and rainy. I prefer watching the moon above the golden gate bridge though ;)
      Missin San Fran!

    11. lakewentworth 24 months ago | reply

      Great shot! The view from the headlands is awesome!

    12. M. Shaw 24 months ago | reply

      Nice one Sean!!!

    13. 1blessedmom Photography 23 months ago | reply

      Stunning colors & very well composed. I love the supermoon too!

    14. mizcaliflower 20 months ago | reply

      Excellent composition in this wonderful photo.

    15. Fresh Light 18 months ago | reply

      paradise shot......................................

    16. ColourPixie 17 months ago | reply

      Wonderful colours and pov. The view of those enjoying the view too. Interesting and beautiful.

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