Super Moon Rise: How to add a special touch to any destination

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Rise of the Super Moon from Bondi Beach (2014, image from news.com.au)

Have you ever heard of the Super Full Moons? That’s an unusual event when the full moon coincides with the lunar perigee (when the moon is the closest to the Earth). It makes it appear larger than an average full moon, and brighter.

We all love to watch the sunset or the sunrise. What about watching the moonrise? It feels special too… and even more when it is a supermoon!

 

I had never heard of supermoons before yesterday. We were visiting Mount Coot-Tha to enjoy the great view over Brisbane City. As we were leaving, a nice guy told us the supermoon was going to rise just next to the city. We had a great time watching the show! You don’t always need to go far from home to be awed by what you see and last night was a great example. Many people from Brisbane gathered to Mount Coot-Tha for this super moonrise. When the moon finally appeared – a bit late as a cloud got in the way! – it was stunning.

 

When does the Supermoon happen?

The first supermoon of the year 2015 just happened last night (30 August).

If you missed it yesterday, don’t worry as supermoons are not that rare. They happen three times a year. The next one is only one month away (27 or 28th September – depending where you are in the world). It will be even more amazing as it will be the biggest of the year. For some lucky ones, it will occur during a lunar eclipse (check the map here – Australia is out :(). It means the moon will be in the shadow of the Earth and will look darker for an excellent effect some call a “blood moon“.

Check timeanddate.com for more about the moon phases and the time to see the moonrise in your country/city.

Where to look and what’s the best setting to watch the Supermoon (and any moonrise)?

Best setting: with other elements in the landscape

The best setting is to have other features in the landscape (buildings, trees, hills…) to compare the moon with. It creates the illusion that the moon is bigger, on top of the fact that it actually is larger because it is a supermoon. So the best time to watch the supermoon is when the Moon rises above the horizon.

When does the full moon rises and where?

That’s easy (well, I only took the easy part, click here if you want to learn more about the moonrise). At Full Moon, the Moon is opposite to the Sun, with the Earth in between. So the Moon rises in the East as the Sun is setting in the West! Hence, you can enjoy the great and magical sunset colours and wait just a bit longer for the moonrise!

Where will you be for the next supermoon? Will you watch it?

6 thoughts on “Super Moon Rise: How to add a special touch to any destination

  1. Just heard about tge syper moon 2 weeks ago and was lucky to see such an amazing full moon/Supermoon driving through kaikoura, new zealand!

  2. Super moons certainly are beautiful and I was fortunate to see the last one rise as I drove home from work. I love the idea of seeking out a special viewing spot if one happens when I’m travelling – it would certainly make a special trip even more special!

  3. I’d never heard of a supermoon either, but I’m pretty sure I’ve seen them in Perth, Australia, they’re fab, now I know about this and how to find them I’ll definately look for them where I’m travelling

  4. This is fantastic. I always wondered how a super moon came up and now I know how to know when it’s coming while traveling. I’ve always wanted to travel based on solar eclipse projections.

  5. I’d never heard of super moons either, but wow, what a cool thing to experience! We saw the solar eclipse earlier this year, which was very eerie (although the birds didn’t stop singing like they were supposed to!), but I would love to photograph the moon like this! Thanks for the heads up!

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