The Super (Duper) Moon

Last night we had the opportunity to see the biggest and brightest supermoon to rise in almost 69 years.  The brightest because the Earth, the Sun and the Moon were in perfect alignment, and the biggest because the Moon was at the point of least distance to the Earth (perigee).  It will be November 2034 before the Moon is this close again.  (November 25, 2034 to be exact.)

Dean and I arrived at Peregian Beach late yesterday afternoon, approx one hour prior to moonrise, the sky was clear of cloud, magnificently magical, and we were ready for the rising of a big red orb.  Sadly, as it sometimes happens, Mother Nature had other ideas and, during that hour we waited, the clouds rolled in, obscuring the horizon, and we then waited an additional 55 minutes past moonrise to get our first glimpse of the Moon.

By that time, the Moon was well above the horizon, still hidden behind clouds, and suddenly, watching crabs seemed like a good idea.

Eventually, after begging Dean to wait ‘just a little bit longer’, we were rewarded by breathtaking views of the Moon as it rose further and out from behind the clouds.  There had been a bushfire nearby and the smoke haze made the Moon look like a huge ball of fire.

With clouds coming and going, I just kept clicking.  (As I do.)

When we finally got home, the orange colour had bleached out, but the glow was amazing.

Super Moon, November 14, 2016

The Super (Duper) Moon, November 14, 2016

I’m disappointed to not see the Moon erupting on the horizon, but there is another super Moon next month on December 14.  Fingers crossed the skies will be clear.

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  1. Great shots. I was very disappointed with those I took last night so tossed them out expecting to get better ones tonight. Wrong! So far we’re clouded over and there’s no sign of the moon.

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    1. Oh Sue, doesn’t that just make you want to cry? I’ve lost count of the number of times clouds have ‘ruined the party’ when there’s been a major celestial event. Hopefully next month the skies will be clear.

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      1. I kept going out to check the moon and I’m glad because I did get heaps of shots. Unfortunately by the time the sky was clear the trees were no longer in the shot, I think I might be fudging some photos. 🙂

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