Saturday, May 5, 2012

Supermoon

I'm hanging out here in Placencia, waiting for the whale sharks. The whale sharks apparently come out to feed (and for us to dive with) right after the Full Moon, so I've needed to learn all about the current phases of the Full Moon is coming - and the next Full Moon is tonight! And lo and behold, Erica points out that this particular Full Moon is apparently quite special: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2012/05/the-biggest-supermoon-in-years-is-coming-saturday-night. So naturally, I grabbed my camera and headed off to try and photograph this 14% larger than normal moon. (If you haven't clicked the linky, the gist of is that the moon orbits the Earth in an elliptical orbit, and currently it's at its closest point to us. And the Moon actually enters the properly full stage at almost the exact same time as it is at its closest orbital position to us, which happens virtually, never(!) - hooray for astronomy!). Anyway, I tried to take some pictures:

Honestly, I don't see a whole lot of a difference from normal - but apparently, the Moon will appear about 14 percent larger tonight

I tried to get creative with the palm trees out front, but night time photography remains quite hard

Be it because of the extra proximity or [most likely] not, the Moon was shedding enough light, that you could actually get a pretty clear shot of the water too

1 comment:

Daedalus said...

Hi Alex, I'm in placencia and diving with splash today. I was just thinking about the effect that supermoon would have. I think, and my girlfriend (a veteranarian) grees that it should increase the krill and so may increase the whale sharks. Good luck with your dives. See you in the water :-)

Devon