The SuperMoon

I have to say I have a bit of a fetish for photographing the moon, and last nights Super Moon, scientifically know as the Perigee moon was no exception, as it appears 14% bigger and 30% brighter as it passes closer to Earth. It this apparent increase in size, as it comes within 221,457 miles of the big blue marble, that is most striking and is like a ‘moth to a flame’ for us photographers.

Super Moon over Leeds 6th May 2012
I captured this early evening time, just as Luna was rising through the clouds. I tweeted it saying ‘Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s SuperMOON! over Leeds’

As usual much of the UK was swaddled in the traditional bank holiday blanket of rain and even snow clouds, so it wasn’t the greatest of sky watching weekends. However!!, after last years ‘no-show’ Leeds saw one of the natural world’s most spectacular light shows, and I was there ready with ‘old trusty’ the camera.

Super Moon 6th May 2012 over Leeds
Super Moon over Leeds 23.50pm 5th May 2012
The Perigee Moon over Leeds May 6th 2012
The Perigee Moon over Leeds May 6th 2012 at 1.30am

After taking this final shot I retired to slumber, but in the UK it wasn’t at its brightest until 4.30am, which bizarrely, I woke up at that precise time, but slight cloud cover had returned.

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