good night, grandmother moon

good night, super moon

The moon was amazing on Saturday night. I had invited friends over to help me celebrate my birthday, and as the moon rose, we crowded to the front window, marvelling at how full it seemed. This was a “super moon”, when the moon is the closest to earth in its orbit and full at the same time. This phenomenon happens only about every 18 years.

As NASA explains here, “Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon’s orbit. It is an ellipse with one side (perigee) about 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other (apogee). Nearby perigee moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons that occur on the apogee side of the Moon’s orbit.”

On Sunday morning, I woke early, and saw the moon bright and clear in the western sky. I put my long lens on the camera and headed outdoors — well bundled up against the cold — to watch the moon. I’m amazed how well I could see the geography of it; the pits and craters scarring the surface were sharp even without the camera. After watching and taking photos for a while, I went inside to warm up, then headed out again half-an-hour later as the moon was setting.

As I watch the moon set this morning, it still looks full and round and yellow in the pre-dawn light. It still looks familiar and mysterious and wise, a distant companion keeping watch. Good night, grandmother moon.

Photo taken on March 20, 2011


7 thoughts on “good night, grandmother moon

  1. Stunning beauty!

    As I left this b/d celebration — for which I’m very thankful I was invited to — the moon was rising over Saint John. Finally, I was going to get a shot of it, with a foreground … even the city skyling … or so I thought. I just couldn’t get it right. I’ve shot the moon before?! No matter what I did, I got some weird reflection … I don’t know if there was some type of haze that I couldn’t see. I was so discouraged and my fingers got stiffer all the time from the cold. The following morning, I slept in and missed it. This morning I was up 5:30AM and didn’t see it?! Where was it? LOL I looked everywhere. Guess it just was not to be.

    Thanks again! It was so much fun!

    • I’m so glad you came to the party, Rebekah — that was the most fun I’d had in ages! If not for the party, I would have loved to come with you for moon + skyline shots.

      I don’t know about the weird reflection, but it could have been haze. The moon this morning had a lot of haze around it, the sky was much clearer on Sunday morning when I took my photos.

      Where was the moon this morning? In the sky… (ha)… seriously, it was right in front of me when I got up at 6:30 am, so that would be west-ish, I guess. From your perspective, it might have been setting behind St. Luke’s — it’s hard for me to guess…

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  3. The rising of that gorgeous moon on Saturday night was, I think, an auspicious beginning to the acquaintanceship of that group of women. I think we should each write a novel about how our friendships will develop over the next 20 years.

    • Ooh, what a novel idea, LB! (sorry, couldn’t resist…) And, yes, I couldn’t imagine a better beginning to the rest of my story, now that I’ve turned the page to the past-50 stage.

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