Photo of the Week: Super Flower Moon 2020

This week the last supermoon of 2020 appeared in the night sky. We won’t see another Super Full Moon until late April 2021, followed by a total lunar eclipse in May 2021. This year’s Super Flower Moon appeared on May 7, 2020, at 6:45 a.m. EDT

What’s a Super Flower Moon?

The moon is called a super moon when it is within 90% of its closest approach to Earth. The 90% is not a scientific correct definition when the moon is actually called a super moon. Different outlets use different definitions, but 90% is one of the most common once. During this phase, the moon appears larger and brighter than usual. This is especially true when close to the horizon, either during moonrise or moonset and the brain gets tricked into believing the moon is exceptional large during these moments. 

A full moon in May is called Flower Moon as in may most spring flowers start blooming. Together you get the Super Flower Moon.

Photo of the Flower Supermoon

I was able to capture the Super Flower Moon from the safety of my hotel room. Luckily I had a clear sky that morning in Seattle. The window of my hotel room slid open just wide enough to poke out my lens when I set up my DSLR next to the window. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get to a better position as I had a long and tough workday ahead of me. The location close to the horizon made the moon look pinkish or even a little bit orangish and yellowish.

For taking moon shots, I would recommend at least a lens with a 200mm focal length or higher. It also depends on your composition and how much surrounding area you want to have in your photo. 

Super Flower Moon 2020

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