As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day the exact Full Moon of 2011 March 19 occurred within an hour of perigee, the closest point in the Moon’s orbit to Earth. As a result it appeared some 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a Full Moon near apogee, the most distant point in the elliptical lunar orbit. Seen here, the near perigee Full Moon still hugs the horizon, distorted by atmospheric refraction as it rises over Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The telescopic night skyscape was shot from Prospect Hill in Waltham, Massachusetts, roughly 10 miles from the Boston skyline. Just to the left of the orange lunar disk is the distinctive control tower at Boston’s Logan International Airport. Topped by lights, the tall, twin towers of the cable-stayed Zakim Bridge spanning the Charles River are also included in the scene. Read this report on Sky&Telescope on how the photographer made this “super” moon image.



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  • Debra Roffo Reply

    Is it possible to purchase this photo I live in Scituate and was at the coast that night ,it was beautiful. I do like the city photo great work.

    May 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

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