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Full Moon Silhouettes: A full moon rises in real time

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This is not a time lapse video. Rising in real time over Wellington, New Zealand, the moon appears huge (and perhaps surprisingly speedy) as it was captured by photographer Mark Gee in January of 2013. In celebration of the September 2014 supermoon, NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day featured the vid:

With detailed planning, an industrious astrophotographer placed a camera about two kilometers away and pointed it across the lookout to where the Moon would surely soon be making its nightly debut… People on Mount Victoria Lookout can be seen in silhouette themselves admiring the dawn of Earth’s largest satellite.

Seeing a moonrise yourself is not difficult: it happens every day, although only half the time at night. Each day the Moon rises about fifty minutes later than the previous day, with a full moon always rising at sunset…

In the archives, watch more videos about moons, including The Moon Illusion, why our full moon is better in the winter, and this NASA guided tour of how the moon evolved.

h/t @josephholmes.

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