The Super Moon – 5 May 2012
On 5 May 2012 we had a Super Moon. The term “Super Moon” (or Supermoon as some like) is not a astronomical term, but is used to best describe the effect of the moon when it comes closest to the earth. On 5 May 2012 the moon, which follows an elliptical orbit around the earth, came to within 356,955 kilometers of earth causing it to appear brighter and larger than normal.
For some reason this years’ supermoon attracted more attention than usual with many stories all over the internet. I even heard stories that this was the biggest supermoon in 150 years, but truth is that on 19 May 2011 the moon was about 400km closer to earth! But these things happen and everyone likes a good story, and a good photo. I do not specialise in tele-lens photography and normally do not zoom into distant objects and thus only have a single zoom lens which is not of the highest quality. I did, however, manage to get a nice photo. The photo with the landscape is a composite, but it does give a nice effect and I hope you all enjoy it! You can click the images to get a larger view. Note that images are copyright and permission is required if you wish to use them elsewhere.