It was all the more impressive because we had not expected it, and saw it all at once just as it was half-way up over the horizon. As you’ve heard me say, a far horizon is not one of our ameneties tucked down in the valley as we are.
We had been out for a rare night on the town and dropped by to visits friends for coffee. And from their place perched wonderfully on a hill with a commanding view during the day came their equally awesome night view.
I pulled out the camera. There was no time for the tripod. Have you ever watched the moon relative to the horizon or trees or buildings and seen how FAST it moves under magnification! So while this is the absolute best shot in the world, it serves as reminder of the moment, and I don’t think it’s terribly bad for a handheld shot (at 200mm with the repaired lens!)
But why did it seem so huge (not to mention ORANGE)? We’re not sure. But NASA has some ideas. This info might come in handy when your children put you on the spot to explain why the moon is swollen.