LUNAR SEA + CRATERS = SUPERMOON


LUNAR SEA + CRATERS = SUPERMOON

Supermoon - annotated mapping (Keith Salvesen / Rolling Harbour Abaco)

This is not the ‘pink’ supermoon you saw the other day, but one from a couple of years back. I only had a bridge camera with me with a cheapo 1.7 teleconverter, but luckily a sturdy windowsill as well to reduce the shakes (that kind, anyway…). I marked a few prominent features on the image. Some of these took me back to a childhood astronomy book (‘Imbrium!’; ‘Nubium!’) where I learned about stars well beyond Orion, Ursa ma. & mi., and Cassiopeia – about the only constellations I can reliably point to these days. 

This week’s supermoon shone very brightly where I am now, but the moon itself was rather hazy. It certainly wasn’t pink but rather more of a pale cold white. As it turns out, the ‘pink’ doesn’t refer to the lunar colouring anyway, but to the full moon in Spring that occurs when the early-blooming wild pink comes into flower. So, it’s a seasonally-based name and a bit like the harvest moon not being harvest coloured…

Photo: Keith Salvesen / Rolling Harbour Abaco

“AIMING AT THE MOON” – A LUCKY SHOT!


“AIMING AT THE MOON” – A LUCKY SHOT!

I took this in the late evening because I noticed the gull flying directly towards the moon. I had a point and shoot camera, and very little time to fire it up and take aim. I was hoping the bird would actually cross the face of the moon (“Homage to E.T.”) as I clicked… In many respects it’s a bad picture – unsharp in the fading light – and yet… there are the craters, the seas, the mountains of the moon clearly visible. And one blurry seagull on its way home. So I am going to inflict it on you. Think of it as a misguidedly poetic offering from an essentially prosaic person…