Supermoon at Athena Nike

By: Anthony Ayiomamitis


Region: Europe

Site: Athens - Greece

Date: 2013 June 23

The full moon rises above Athena Nike temple at Acropolis in Athens, Greece. The term "supermoon" describes a full moon that coincides with perigee. The photographed full moon of 2013 June 23 was the largest of the year. However contrary to what the word supermoon might resemble, the angular size of the moon does not change that much. It's not noticeable to inexperienced eyes compared to other full moons of the year. Supermoons holds a record but they are just slightly larger in apparent size. The TWAN photographer used mapping and a planetarium software to find the best place to set up, so the Moon would set at the right position and angle behind the temple in this small telescopic field of view. From the photographer: "The foreground is the stunning Temple of Athena Nike which was built between 427 and 424 BC using white marble. The image was taken from a strategically selected location about 610 meters away and to the northwest of the Acropolis so as to match the rising supermoon against the Temple of Athena Nike. As one climbs the Acropolis and is about to pass the main entrance (Propylaea) will immediately notice this Temple to the right. It was built in honor of the goddess Athena whose name bears the city of Athens and which was built in honor of the various victories she made possible against invading forces (Athena Nike translates to Victorious Athena)." Anthony Ayiomamitis,

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