Supermoon!!

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Last night, June 23, 2013, was the timing for the bright full SUPERMOON!  Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to photograph it as it was rising.  But, I still managed to get some shots of it while high in the sky... and it still looked AMAZING! 

If you're not familiar with the term Supermoon, Wikipedia gives the following definition: 

A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system. The term "supermoon" is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology.[1] The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but the evidence of such a link is widely held to be unconvincing. [2]
The most recent occurrence was on June 23, 2013, as the closest and largest full moon of the year and the Moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. It will not be so close again until August 10, 2014.[3]
Supermoons occur about once every 14 full moons in a full moon cycle.

Also, a representative from NASA explains it in this short video:

Below, are the photos I took of the supermoon... Click on each photo to enlarge it.  Enjoy! 

Camera settings: 

  • ISO 100
  • Shutter speed 1/320 and 1/400
  • Lens: 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS with shots taken at 200mm

Lightroom edits: 

  • Increased contrast
  • Increased sharpening
  • Cropping