At this time right now, one in three of us will have witnessed the full moon in its entirety- the large grayish-white round marble that rises from the eastern horizon and serves as the other natural source of light, which is second behind the sun. But this day is somewhat different, as the full moon is larger and brighter than normal- enough to see some of the crates and lakes on its surface, even with a normal camera. For those who think that doomsday is coming to Earth, there is no need to worry. There was somewhat a doomsday already over in Japan, when the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami devastated the northern third of Japan, taking with them at least 10,000 lives with the numbers expected to rise. While some astrologers, such as Richard Nolle claimed that with an unusually large full moon brings apocalyptic forthcomings, like pestillence and destruction, the events that unfolded in Japan occurred a week before, and there is no guarantee that a super large full moon can produce such a lasting effect. Â The extraordinarily large moon, known as the Super Moon has two special meanings: one is in connection with astronomy; the other is in connection with the seasons. The astronomical term implies that the moon and the Earth are the closest to each other in terms of distance- 221,526 miles (appr. 443,060 km) to be exact. The normal distance is about 700,000 to 1.5 million miles (1.4-3 million km). This is because of the way the moon orbits around the Earth, which represents a somewhat oval trajectory in comparison to Earth’s circular orbit around the sun. Many Native Americans use the full moon as a guidance to their seasons. More specifically, the Algonquin tribes, located in the northeaster corner of the US in areas like New York and New England, consider the Super Moon as the sign that spring is coming. They analogize the moon with the white earthworms, which come out at this time to be picked by the crows. When this happens, then it is officially spring.
There are many legends that interpret the sign that spring is here which can be questioned by many in a practical sense; especially now since many regions in the USA are still covered in snow despite the thawing process already taking place, in comparison to Europe, where spring weather has been taking hold for almost a month now. The Super Moon may be one of the main signs that spring is here because it brings warmer air from the south. But apart from its unusually larger than usual size, which can be seen more clearly when it rises, it also emits much more light at night than normal full moons, which makes the scene at night much brighter than usual. For regions, like Germany, whose ground is already barren with brown color because the snow was gone long ago, the light of the Super Moon is as bright as a normal full moon shining on the breast of the white snow, which makes for some unusual but neat night photos with the camera, which the author did. This included some shots of the moon shining through the trees, making some of them look like a silouette. One can also integrate the moon into the city scape, full of yellow-orange sodium lights illuminating along the streets to show some of the contrast of light and the housing in the background. But the most unique are the dark shots of the houses and trees shone being shone down upon by the super brightness of the full moon. Even a photo of one’s shadow is doable but with a more powerful and more sophisticated mirror reflex digital camera. The author decided to provide you with some highlights of the Night of the Super Moon so that the next time you see the Super Moon (which will be next year at this time), you too can take advantage of the opportunity and try some shots. So without further ado, enjoy the pics.
INTERESTING NOTE: The first day of spring is on the 21st of March, which at that time, the moon will transfer itself into the third quarter form before becoming a new moon again. While the Super Moon and the calendar date are clear indicators of spring, the only practical sign that spring will come is when there is some greenery on the grass and trees and the snow is gone. Right now, while Europe is about to witness spring, the US has a ways to go, and it is most likely that spring will not take effect until the thawing and the accompanying flood are finished. But the wait is worth it.