Wordless Wednesday – Supermoon?

by Deb on May 9, 2012

Moon rising

We were outside on Sunday night so I grabbed the camera and got some shots of the spectacular moon rising. I didn’t grab the tripod, so sorry for the fuzziness.

full moon

This is an actual photo, not a white dot on a cheap graphics program. I need to learn about using the camera on manual if I’m going to do more of these.

I know there’s no scale on here to show how large the moon is, so I looked up some things on the ‘supermoon.’ It looks around 14% larger. Now the size of the moon changes according to how high it is, so I’m working with very rough figures here, but I make that about 3mm wider in diameter than it normally appears. Or maybe half a square centimetre larger area. NASA really needs to clarify what they mean by ‘larger’ because there are two completely different sizes we’re talking about here, even if they are all practically the same.

[Yes this is maths geeky and tangential. And how big the moon appears is completely irrelevant to pretty much everything. But putting numbers on something makes it sound official and important, so if you’re going to do that you should at least tell us what the number relates to. How will we ever convince people that some numbers really are important when NASA of all places is giving out meaningless ones?]


It was still pretty, as was the sunset in the opposite direction.

I think I can see a post on Modern Moon Myths in the near future, in fact right here.

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Carmen May 9, 2012 at 7:48 am

Manual settings are fun! I highly recommend learning how they work! Great shots though!
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Tamara May 9, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I love those sunsets.
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Deb May 9, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Yes it was lovely out there, I’m glad the colours came out in the shots.


Trish May 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

Lovely shots still Deb , thanks for linking up.
My hub was amazed at the moon’s size and the sunset behind it too.


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