This image was taken during UP Astronomical Society‘s free public viewing of the largest full moon at the UP Diliman Sunken Garden.
Thanks to Kuya Anthony Urbano of EtenyWorks for letting us take pictures through his 6″ NERT!
The Moon was ~14% brighter and bigger at the time of this event. Thin clouds blanketed the lunar disk during this night but we were still lucky to catch a glimpse of this celestial beauty.We even saw a 22 degree halo and a colorful lunar corona circling the Moon at the same time.
Saturn was also there within the halo and there were contrails, too left by a passing aircraft.
Thanks to everyone who dropped by. ‘Til next time 🙂 Ad astra per aspera!
“The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
[Some photos were grabbed from Nico Mendoza and Julee Olave 🙂 Used with their permissions]
During the past few days, rumors associating the March 19, 2011 “Supermoon” to some recent catastrophes were spreading all over different media like wild fire.
Again, we should not blame this largest full moon of the year for any natural disasters because it has nothing to do with those happenings. Tides will go higher than usual average tides along coastlines as a consequence of the moon’s gravitational pull, but nothing so significant that will cause a serious climatic disaster or anything for people to worry about like the tsunamis in Japan. These tsunamis were caused by earthquakes which were definitely not triggered by the Moon’s attraction.
The following links features helpful articles which debunks the idea of this junk pseudoscience.
- Did a supermoon cause the March 11 earthquake in Japan?
- Biggest Full Moon in 19 years
- Biggest Full Moon in 19 Years Will Make Your Night Brighter, More Romantic Than Usual
- The Supermoon Illusion
- Is the March 19th Full Moon an “Extreme Super Moon”?
- No, the “supermoon” didn’t cause Japanese earthquake
Remember, the Supermoon is not a thing to be scared of rather, it is a spectacle to be enjoyed. 🙂
Watch out as the lunar disk rises above the eastern horizon after sunset at 18:10 UT. This will present a stunning sight with the naked eye, in binoculars, and through the camera viewfinder for those of you lucky enough to have a clear sky.