Super Moon Is Coming June 23rd, Get Your Cameras Ready

Supermoon is an astronomical phenomena which occurs when the moon is at its closes orbital point (Perigee) to earth while being is a full moon phase in the same time. Since the moon is orbiting earth in an elliptical orbit, it seems a bit bigger when it is closer to earth.


How much bigger, not much, about 14% from its “smallest” orbital phase. While the difference is hardly noticeable to the naked eye, it makes a great excuse to bring those tele-lenses out and have a fun night photographing the moon. But it will also be 30% brighter which can help in making shorter exposure / lower ISO shots.

This illustration from Wikipedia demonstrates the average difference in moon size from a regular night to a supermoon night.


Here is a great moon photo take at the supermoon of March,19,2011


P.S. You should feel pretty safe in your back yard for shooting the moon as its proximity is unlikely to cause any earthquakes or title waves.

P.P.S taking good pictures of the moon is easier than you think, check out our moon shooting tutorials here and here.

Photos by TCav, Zane Hollingsworth, Wikimedia Commons

  • Rostislav Alexandrovich

    When is the spidermoon?

  • subhash

    Thanks for the updates…

  • jd

    This video explains why it is just an illusion. The truth is, that the moon is always the same distance away from earth.

    • Doug Sundseth

      That video is talking about a very different effect: the illusion that the moon is larger when near the horizon.

      But the moon (like other celestial bodies) travels in an elliptical orbit. In this case both earth and moon orbit about the center of mass of the Earth-Moon system. The distance between bodies changes by about 50,000 km over the course of a month, which changes the angle the moon subtends when seen from the earth through the course of its orbit.

      This means that for a photographer, when the moon is at perigee, all else (focal length, sensor size) being equal, the image in a photo of the moon will be larger at perigee, whether the moon is at the horizon or at zenith.

    • Pablo Martín Arráiz Rojas

      That video is not talking about the same thing they do in this article. That video addresses why the moon ‘looks closer’ when it gets close to the horizon in comparison to when it’s in a higher position in the same night

  • Gonzo

    this is for the northern hemipshere only or we can also see it here in the south?

  • Drodbar

    Title waves!