Of the five full moons this year that (roughly) coincide with the moon’s moment of perigee, the full moon on August 10th at 11:11 AM Pacific held the distinction of occurring during the moon’s closest approach to Earth for the entire year. Though technically perigee occurred 27 minutes before the full moon, at this moment the moon was 356,896 km from earth. The moon will not be this close again until September 28th, 2015, when it will be a mere 356,877 km away.
These events are often referred to as “Super Moons”, though “slightly bigger than average moons” would be a more fitting name. I enjoy photographing the moon at these times because every little bit helps but I try not to fall too much into the hype :-)
Sentinel Silhouette was captured on August 9th shortly after sunset from the top of Sentinel Dome in Yosemite. Since this particular evening was very close to the fully illuminated and “slightly bigger than average” moon, a large crowd had gathered at the summit of this easily accessible dome. The woman in the photo was a member of a group who had been coming to Sentinel Dome to observe the “super moon” for multiple years. After the moon had risen and the sun had set she was standing on top of a large metal plaque embedded into a rock that points out the various landmarks in the surrounding area. Using her foot to trace the lines along the plaque created her unique stance.