On 14 November 2016, we saw something extraordinary…. It was super supermoon!
My husband had always been an Astro- enthusiast and we are known for giant telescopes at our home. Though we have long gotten rid of those about sometime back due to the heavy size and because, I somehow could not feel comfortable sending off my husband in the desert, away from city lights to sit in darkness all night long. But it does not stop there. Capturing the moon in its full glory never ceased to amaze me.
Supermoon sighting was one of the most awaited events at that time of the year. The internet was flooded with discussions and suggestions. After all, it was once in a lifetime sighting. Finding the right place and the right time to captures those seconds held pivotal significance. My preparations included downloading various iOS apps to find perfect geolocation and angle of the moon in my closest vicinity.
Images taken at the Zakher lake, at 17:57 UTC. Exposure 0.6sec @ f/5.6, 300mm.
Fun myths related to Supermoon:
1 The Supermoon can cause disasters
There is a popular notion when the moon comes too close to earth, it results in natural disasters due to its gravitational pull. In reality, it is not so.
Facts: The moon’s gravitational pull is not strong enough even at the closest distance. Historic data proves that not all natural disasters take place around full moon phases. Saying that, we can add that if something is already taking place, the pull can affect its impact.
2 The moon makes people crazy
The majority of sound studies find no connection, while some have proved inconclusive, and many that purported to reveal connections turned out to involve flawed methods or have never been reproduced.
Facts: Reliable studies comparing the lunar phases to births, heart attacks, deaths, suicides, violence, psychiatric hospital admissions and epileptic seizures, among other things, have over and over again found little or no connection.
Is Supermoon to blame for ‘Titanic’?
Some researchers propose that the unusually close position of the moon in January 1912 could have triggered powerful oceanic tides, causing a high concentration of icebergs in the North Atlantic region. On January 4, 1912 the moon was at its closest to the earth (“supermoon”).
Fact: The supermoon was the most powerful moon in 1400 years! At the same time, the Earth was at its closest to the sun, a phenomenon known as perihelion, so the gravitational forces of both the moon and the sun were greatly enhanced prior to the tragedy.
Myth 3: The moon has a ‘dark side’
As the moon orbits Earth, it keeps one face perpetually turned toward the planet. This fact has prompted some to refer to the distant lunar hemisphere as the ‘dark side’ of the moon
Fact: While the moon does vary in distance from the Earth during its month-long orbit, the differences aren’t significant during a single trek across the sky.
4 The moon grows larger during moonrise
The reason the moon looks larger near the horizon is due to an optical effect known as the Ponzo illusion.
Facts: It’s an optical illusion we don’t have a solid explanation for; however, the consensus seems to be that the moon appears much bigger on the horizon because we have trees and buildings to compare it to.*
When is the next Super moon ?
Next Supermoon December 2017
The next Supermoon will be on December 3, 2017.
The Supermoon on November 14, 2016, was the closest since January 26, 1948. The next time a Full Moon will come even closer to Earth is on November 25, 2034 (dates based on UTC time).**
Super Moon Dates
||Sunday, 3 December
||Tuesday, 2 January
||Monday, 21 January
||Tuesday, 19 February
Super Full Moons can vary by time zone. Dates above are based on the local time in Al Ain. **