Sky-watchers are in for a celestial treat tonight, when the Moon will be the largest and brightest in 70 years. NASA and National Geographic have posted tips on how to best photograph the supermoon. We won’t see another supermoon like this until 2034, so make sure you get a look.
A “supermoon” occurs when the moon becomes full on the same day as its perigee, the point in the moon’s orbit when it is closest to Earth. The term is borrowed from the pseudoscience of astrology but has been adopted by popular culture and astronomers. Supermoons generally appear to be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons. While such moons occur around every 13 months, November’s is a special one.
According to NASA, this month’s supermoon “becomes full within about two hours of perigee — arguably making it an extra-super moon.” Continue reading “How to take the best possible smartphone picture of the Super moon”