Prepare yourself for Supermoon – Rare celestial event you don’t want to miss
We look up into the sky and the first thing we notice is the moon along with the stars. However, tonight it’s going to be hard to deny the magnificence of the moon as it will bring bliss to astronomy lovers. Yes folks, Supermoon will steal all the limelight tonight as moon will be closest to Earth in 70 years and this won’t happen again until 2034. That calls for cancelling all your appointments and get you photography equipment ready for the mega event. And yes, hope that you’ll get a clear blue sky to witness the Supermoon in full glory.
What’s a Supermoon?
The moon orbits planet Earth in an elliptical shape and certain points it comes very close. Earth itself orbits the Sun in an orbit and the closest approach is a rare event. So, basically when a full moon and the closest distance to Earth coincide, it means humanity is in for a treat. That event is called “perigee-syzygy”, popularly known as Supermoon.
During this time the moon looks 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter since it is at a distance of 221,524 miles from Earth. The last times it happened in 1948, and the next chance you’ll get to witness Supermoon will be in 2034. Also, mark your calendars on December 6, 2052 when you’ll witness the closest Supermoon of the 21st century.
Effect on Earth?
As you all know, moon governs the tidal waves and slight movement of the tectonic plates. That means you’ll notice higher tides at its pinnacle and some places might have the odd tremor. In fact, some experts are linking the New Zealand earthquake of 7.8-magnitude that happened today, to the Supermoon event.
How to shoot it?
Get a vantage point and look for good framing options to the South. Make it a point to do all the homework and preempt the appearance of the moon. This will give you the perfect frame and lessen the hassle. The Supermoon will make more sense if you have an impressive foreground. Create a reference point to shoot the moon tonight.
Shooting with digital SLR cameras is going to be the preferred method with the exposure, ISO, white balance, focus, shutter speed values optimized for the event. Tripod is a must as it will give more depth to the photography shots.
If you are going to shoot the Supermoon with your high-end smartphones, then you need to make sure you have a steady hand. Although you are not going to get the preferred shots (as compared to DSLR), dig out for ways to create a frame to shoot the Moon. Locking the focus of your phone’s camera is the ideal strategy to capture the Supermoon.
When to shoot it?
According to NASA the ideal time to capture this once in a lifetime event is at 6:22 A.M. EST on Monday the 14th when moon will be at perigee. But you’ll have to wait until sunset on Monday when it will be prominent. At that time the moon will be slightly red in color. If you want to capture the Supermoon in subtle colors, you’ll have to wait till it rises a bit higher in the sky. That would be around 20:00 P.M on Monday; that is today.
However, weather will play a crucial role. If you are in bad luck, you can try it again on Tuesday night. The Taurids and Leonids meteor shower is also going to happen on Tuesday, so all you stargazers are in for a super busy start to the week.