Monday, March 21, 2011

Super Moon or Périgée Moon March 19th, 2011, Vancouver (Canada)

Vancouver's skies were nearly cloudless the evening of March 19th, 2011, offering excellent views of the "super périgée moon".  A NASA Science article explains that the moon's orbit brought the moon the closest to the earth since March 1933.  Their article also compares the visible difference in the appearance of the moon to observers on earth:  14% wider and 30% brighter than other full moons.  That this coincided with the moon being "full" made the cold evening all that more amazing.  My thanks to brother Mark for alerting me to this event, and to Janice for dragging me out in the cold to shoot it.  (You may want to click on some of the photos to enlarge them.)

400mm lens

Even after it ascended, its size and brilliance were awesome (24mm lens).

Moon over West 27th Ave @ Chaldecott Park, Vancouver