- Posted December 13, 2012 by
San Diego, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
What was your best moment of 2012?
In May the moon came to its closest approach to Earth, giving stargazers an extraordinary view.
Couey merged a short exposure photograph of the moon with a long exposure photo of the terrestrial environment to produce this out-of-this-world image.
- mjponsford, CNN iReport producer
May 5, 2012 was a grand night for sky watchers. The moon was as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons of 2012. The scientific term for the phenomenon is "perigee moon." The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side ("perigee") about 50,000 km closer than the other ("apogee"). Full Moons that occur on the perigee side of the Moon's orbit seem extra big and bright.
I took this photo on that early evening May 5 Moonrise in the San Diego State University area. The Moon never looked so beautiful and bright!