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#518969 - 11/14/16 06:34 AM Supermoon 2016
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How to Photograph the Super moon: NASA Pro Shares His Tips

The biggest, brightest full moon of 2016 is just around the corner. If you'd like to capture the memory of Monday's supermoon on camera, a pro photographer at NASA has some tips for you.

A so-called supermoon takes place when the moon, in its full phase, is at the closest point to Earth in the 27-day lunar orbit. The Nov. 14 supermoon will appear about 15 percent larger  than average and is the closest full moon in 68 years.

Bill Ingalls, a NASA photographer for more than 25 years, shared his tips for supermoon hunting in a statement from the agency. [Supermoon November 2016: When, Where & How to See It

1. Include landmarks in the picture

Make sure you put something in the same frame as the moon, perhaps a building or some other land-based object. Without any other object for reference, Ingalls said, the shot won't stand out among the pack.

"It can be a local landmark, or anything to give your photo a sense of place," he said. This will likely mean you'll be shooting the moon while it's closer to the horizon. This also works in your favor because the moon appears larger at the horizon; the reason for that phenomenon is a matter of debate.


A so-called supermoon full moon rises over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. in this NASA photograph by veteran space photographer Bill Ingalls in 2011. Ingalls has shared tips to photograph the Nov. 14 supermoon, which will be the closest full moon in nearly 69 years. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

2. Scout the location carefully

Use every tool possible to get the perfect shot, including Google Maps and compasses, to help you locate a spot where you'll be able to see the moon as well as the reference object you want to include. That may mean learning how to read a map, and finding out where the moon will appear on the horizon based on your location. If possible, travel to an area far from city lights to avoid light pollution. And make sure to be precise; Ingalls said he recalls setting up near Washington, D.C.'s Iwo Jima monument hundreds of yards away from a horde of photographers. "I thought my calculations were wrong, but sure enough, the moon popped up right where I expected, and then came the stampede," he said. [Photos: The Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse of 2015]


Supermoons can appear 30 percent brighter and up to 14 percent larger than typical full moons.

Learn what makes a big full moon a true 'supermoon' in this Space.com infographic.

3. Be creative

Even if you don't live near a huge monument or have access to some of the special rooftops Ingalls gets to visit for his job, you can still make your shot memorable. Ingalls said he went to Shenandoah National Park in 2009 to photograph Comet Lulin and was initially worried about his shot because he didn't have a telescope with him, unlike other photographers. So instead, Ingalls chose to use the red light of his headlamp to illuminate the forest while shooting the moon with a long lens between the trees. National Geographic called that photo one of the top 10 space photos of the year.

4. Use people to bring it to life

The Nov. 14 supermoon is a perfect opportunity to introduce kids to astronomy. In the U.S., the moon will rise at around 4:30 p.m. local time Sunday afternoon (Nov. 13). The moon will reach its closest point to Earth and its peak fullness in the morning hours of Nov. 14, and it will set out of view at around 7:30 a.m. local time. If the skies aren't clear in your area during that time, you can still try Monday night, when viewing opportunities will also be good. If you can get your kids to stand still for a few minutes, you can even include them in the shot with the moon, Ingalls said. "There are lots of great photos of people appearing to be holding the moon in their hand and that kind of thing," he said. "You can get really creative with it."

5. Use advanced DSLR techniques

Another thing to remember is that daylight white balance is the best setting to capture the moonlight, according to Ingalls. After all, the moon is reflecting the sun's light. If you're planning to use a longer lens, "Keep in mind that the moon is a moving object. It's a balancing act between trying to get the right exposure and realizing that the shutter speed typically needs to be a lot faster," Ingalls said.

6. Use your smartphone

If you don't have an SLR camera on hand, Ingalls said you can still get some fun panoramic shots on a smartphone. (He joked that as a professional photographer, he would personally find the experience "maddening and frustrating," though.) He suggested going to an urban area with a lighted foreground. Once you're there, "Tap the screen, and hold your finger on the object (in this case, the moon) to lock the focus," he said. "Then, slide your finger up or down to darken or lighten the exposure."

Follow Elizabeth Howell @howellspace, or Space.com @Spacedotcom. We're also on Facebook and Google+.Original article on Space.com.

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#519001 - 11/14/16 03:22 PM Re: Supermoon 2016 [Re: Marty]
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Tonight we shall be blessed with the visage of a super moon, and all the glory that is Ix Sak Uh, the young moon goddess. Sometimes associated with Ix Chel, Ix Sak Uh was a goddess of women especially as it relates to marriage and sensual love. Perhaps the romance of the moon will indeed cause many people to get engaged tonight, so why not look up and see Ix Sak Uh smiling down in approval?



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#519018 - 11/15/16 06:57 AM Re: Supermoon 2016 [Re: Marty]
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Yesterdays amazing super moon covered by a bit of clouds in Dangriga.
Photo by Eagle Eyes Photography



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#519031 - 11/15/16 01:56 PM Re: Supermoon 2016 [Re: Marty]
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A super moon over Ambergris Caye

There is something about the moon that tugs at our hearts. Whether it be a full or waning moon, we are mesmerized by its beauty. The sight of the glowing orb rising over the horizon tends to slow us down, connecting us as we realize just how tiny we are in the universe. That feeling was magnified on Monday November 14th, when the glow of the Super Moon bathed our island.

The term Super Moon was coined by scientists as the moon appeared 14% bigger and up to 30% brighter. Those lucky to find themselves in an area with clear skies got to enjoy this natural phenomenon.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun



Super photo of the super moon! By Emaun Hyde


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#519083 - 11/17/16 04:07 PM Re: Supermoon 2016 [Re: Marty]
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The supermoon most often is shot while rising in the east. But if you get up before sunrise, the supermoon will be setting in the west. Setting moon behind foothills of the Maya Mountains

Photo by Tony Rath



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