Arizona

Jul 11, 2014 10:55 PM by Marissa Esquivel

Three Supermoons in a row this year

The Supermoon last year made headlines, but this year there will be three full moons this summer that will all be "Supermoons;" July 12, August 10, and September 9, is when we can expect the moon to light up the night sky.

The scientific term for the Supermoon is Perigee moon, because full moons that occur on the perigee side of the Moon's orbit seem extra big and bright.

According to Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory, this is not rare. "Generally speaking, full Moons occur near perigee every 13 months and 18 days, so it's not all that unusual," he says. "In fact, just last year there were three perigee Moons in a row, but only one was widely reported."

Supermoons happen when the Earth and the moon are closer than normal, making them the year's best moon to take pictures of.

The best time to take a picture of the Supermoon is when the moon appears larger near the horizon making the moonrise the best time.

Alternatively, try looking for reflections in the lakes, silhouettes of planes, trains, animals or people.

Smart phones can be tricky to take a good photo of the moon with, make sure to frame the photo and set the exposure for the brightness of the moon.

Try using a tripod or a brace to help keep the camera still. Turn on stabilization, if your phone has that feature, and experiment with night mode and ISO settings.

Picture courtesy of Dave Seibert-“Supermoon” at Papago Park in Phoenix

Supermoon on 7/11 by Debbie Cadue

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