Tonight, November 14 at 7.07pm, don’t forget to look up. Not only will the moon be full, it also will be as close to the Earth as it’s been in almost 70 years, owning up to its name of a “supermoon”.
Orsola De Marco, a professor of astrophysics at Macquarie University, says the moon will look 30 per cent brighter and 14 per cent bigger than usual.
“The moon orbits the Earth every 28 days, and the point at which it’s at its nearest is called ‘perigee’. However, because [this time] it also correlates with a full moon, we will get the rare occurrence of a supermoon,” says De Marco.
“It’s an extraordinary sight, and the next one [like this] won’t be until 2034,” she says.
Professor De Marco says the best time to see and capture the supermoon will be when the sun is setting and the moon is beginning to rise. “Early in the evening look out to the horizon and that’s when it will look most spectacular.”
We also can expect a big swell as a result of the supermoon. De Marco predicts a king tide because of the gravitational interaction.
“The moon, sun and Earth are all aligned, and as such they all directly impact one another’s movements.”
Sydney-based Broadsheet photographer Nikki To says the best way to capture the moon is to use a tripod. “Because it’s dark you need to make sure your camera is stable,” she says.
She also says you’ll need to play around with exposure depending on whether you have buildings in the frame. You should also use a longer (telephoto) lens, which is better for taking photos from a distance. But if you’re shooting the city, To recommends you opt for a wider lens.
There are reports that the moon may be partly obscured by cloud cover, although the sky isn't expected to be "fully overcast".
“Your vantage point is also important. Photographing on the side of a cliff is always a good option, and I also like being on a beach to take photos of the sky. Just make sure your shot is clear,” she says.
“Oh, and you’ll need to get there early!”
Any final pointers?
“It sounds clichéd, but the most important part of taking photos is having fun. Because if you’re not, then what’s the point? Challenge yourself, learn from a mentor and experiment … because at the end of the day there’s no right or wrong way to do it.”