Full Moon Apogee and Perigee
Due to its apparent size and brightness, Moon can be considered as the most observed celestial body from planet Earth. Children, adults, elderly, nobody can escape its charm. Even animals and plants! Looking at the Moon in the sky without anything to compare it to, you wouldn’t notice any size difference. But the difference in size can in fact be quite significant. The Moon’s orbit is an ellipse with the Earth at one of the foci, and it obeys Kepler’s Laws in the same way that planets do. Apogee and perigee refer to the distance from the Earth to the Moon. Specifically, are the farthest and the closest Moon’s orbit point to our planet. It is in these stages that the Moon appears smaller and larger than its average apparent size. Here a composite image of the closest full Moon perigee and most distant full Moon apogee of 2015. The apogee was recorded on March 05th – from Modena (Italy), and the perigee refers to the last Total Lunar Eclipse – from La Palma Island and was photographed in the vicinity of the wonderful Italian “Telescopio Nazionale Galileo” – TNG observatory. What an amazing experience and eclipse! I have been working with this “Apogee/Perigee” photographic project for a long time, but this year the full Moon “eclipsed perigee” put “a spell” on it. At least until 2033, when the next perigee Moon eclipse will occur!
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