The big “Super Moon” happened on Tuesday, and I grabbed a few pics on my way to the Township Board meeting that night.
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Ideally, you want to set up a tripod at some great location for moon shots. That’s where you get those well-defined images of the full moon, like this “Strawberry Moon” from a couple years ago (I set up a tripod for that one).
But there was a ton of stuff on the agenda that night, including an update on Fire Station 3 by Haserot Beach (stay tuned for story), so I just took a few shots of the moon on my way to the meeting, including the one above, where I pulled into Brys Estate Vineyard & Winery on Blue Water Road.
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According to NASA, a supermoon occurs when the moon’s orbit is closest to Earth at the same time it is full. From the NASA site:
The Moon orbits Earth in an ellipse, an oval that brings it closer to and farther from Earth as it goes around. The farthest point in this ellipse is called the apogee and is about 253,000 miles from Earth on average. Its closest point is the perigee, which is an average distance of about 226,000 miles from Earth. When a full moon appears at perigee, it is slightly brighter and larger than a regular full moon and that’s where we get a “supermoon.”
Here’s another shot of the moon as it rose over East Bay, taken from Bluff Road.