Super Moon, was it really that super?


Saturday 19th March 2011 we were told was the day when the earth would see a Super Moon. This natural event is when a full moon occurs that is within 90% of its orbit to the earth. The orbit path of the moon is an oval shape which accounts for the variance. There are a number of Super Moons each year but the one on 19th March was almost perfect and the last time the moon was so close to the earth was in 1993.

In the days running up to the 19th March, the expectation grew of a superb natural show and luckily where I live in the East of England, the skies were clear. However, I have to say, I was a little disappointed. I had expected a large imposing full moon which may even have been tinted slightly orange but in the end, it just looked like another full moon to me.

Thats not to say full moons aren’t spectacular but in my opinion, the show didn’t live up to the hype. Thats not to say some spectacular photos didn’t appear but I believe these photos could have been produced at most full moons using the same equipment. For example, I found this photo taken in Greece:

Photo: Associated Press


I also took a couple of photos from my back garden and below I’ve compared the image from the 19th March 2011 with one I took using the same camera and lens in June 2009 in Egypt. Compare them and see if you think there is any noticeable difference between the two images?

Full Moon, Egypt, June 2009


Super Moon, UK, 19th March 2011

How was the Super Moon for you?  Were you impressed or was it a bit of an anti-climax?

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