The SuperMoon, Brought to you by SoundBeacher

Lucky you all – Sound Beacher emailed me this morning with three photos of the Super Moon and explanation attached. Thanks!!!!

It was a dramatic sky down at the beach as we set up to try and capture the Super Moon rise in the East.  The moon rose at 6:34pm and the sun didn’t set until 6:43pm.


It was coming up large and pink but the clouds took the drama away.  The last super moon rise in July was much better and I got good photos then.

I don’t have the proper camera to capture the Moon. In some of my pic it just looked like a lima bean! But with a pair of binoculars it was so cool to watch the eclipse from beginning to end.  We just kept going outside at 15 minutes intervals to see the progress.  The more interesting thing was how much the Moon moves.  Since we had to look between trees we’d go to one corner to the yard, then after 11pm as it was moving out of the phase, the side yard around the house now had the view.

6 thoughts on “The SuperMoon, Brought to you by SoundBeacher

  1. SB, not the right camera? You did a great job. We stayed up to watch it but like Greenwich, Bedford was hazy and cloudy. I didn’t even attempt a photo. Thanks so much for posting them here.

    The photos that are outstanding are ones taken in the city with enough ambient light from the city streets and buildings below.

  2. Thanks again SB for saving the day – or the night.

    I too was along the beaches, enjoying the Earth-Moon opposition with an east-wind induced spectacular high tide around Greenwich Harbor during the day.

    Nightfall found me flying south in seat 3A (front left side) – good for watching the eclipse high above the clouds. SB’s photo is just what it looked like – great work once again.

    As to the moon’s motion, it appears to go around full-to-full in 29.5 days or 708.7 hours. Since it is half a degree in width, that’s 360 degrees times twwo, or about 720 moon diameters. So it moves across the starry background or through Earth’s shadow at the rate of one moon diameter per hour.

    As a side note for weeks around the equinox, the sun moves on the rising or setting horizon about one diameter per day. At noon it is one diameter higher or lower in the sky. In addition to those factors, we are approaching the fast motion phase of Kepler’s law of elliptical orbits, hurtling toward apogee on Jan 2.

    That accelerates the earlier setting time of the sun and the on-rush of winter darkness.

    1. 3A. Sweet. I’m usually the loser who gets the seat by the toilet.

      Thanks for your explanation of the moon’s motion. It’s a gift to have such talented readers who can educate me.

  3. Thanks for the photos😊 Were those from Tods? The water looks so vast…

    We watched a the whole thing from a friends boat down by the Del Mar, it was amazing, and quite clear–but the little guys are wiped out tonight after staying up till past 11 last night.

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