A series of photos combined to show the rise of the July 22, 2013 ‘super’ full moon over the Rocky Mountains, shot near Vail, Colorado, at 10,000ft above sea level in the White River National Forest. Moon images are approximately 200 seconds apart. Credit and copyright: Cory Schmitz
A series of photos combined to show the rise of the July 22, 2013 ‘super’ full moon over the Rocky Mountains, shot near Vail, Colorado, at 10,000ft above sea level in the White River National Forest. Moon images are approximately 200 seconds apart. Credit and copyright: Cory Schmitz

Astrophotos, Moon

Timelapse: Super Moon Rising Over the Rocky Mountians

25 Jul , 2013 by

Astrophotographer Cory Schmitz braved a brown bear in order to capture some wonderful images of the full Moon rise on July 22, 2013. This composite shows a series of images of the moonrise, and below is a beautiful timelapse.

This perigee Moon, a.k.a “Super Moon” was the third and final of the big full Moons for 2013. However, as astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson mentioned on Twitter, it is “Okay to call tonight’s Full Moon “super” but only if you would call a 13-inch pizza “super” compared with a 12-inch pizza.”

You can catch more of Cory with Fraser on the Virtual Star Parties on Sunday nights. Below are a couple of more great scenes from Cory’s full Moon experience:

A bear sits right on the spot where Cory Schmitz wanted to set up his photography equipment. Image courtesy Cory Schmitz.

A bear sits right on the spot where Cory Schmitz wanted to set up his photography equipment. Image courtesy Cory Schmitz.

The full-moon illuminated landcape, overlooking Interstate 70, near Vail, Colorado. Credit and copyright: Cory Schmitz.

The full-moon illuminated landcape, overlooking Interstate 70, near Vail, Colorado. Credit and copyright: Cory Schmitz.

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Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.



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astrodork
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astrodork
July 26, 2013 2:31 PM
*Sigh* as if all of the other moons of the year will be “small” or “normal”…it’s a smooth transition from the perigee to apogee full moons, with each month being just a bit different in size. The term supermoon does not have much meaning, especially if now we are going to apply it to several full Moons of the year. What many members of the public think is that all of a sudden you have a much larger Supermoon, and hey now we have it three times. The Moon is “super” at perigee once every month, but we don’t (yet) have the SuperFirstQuarterMoon. All full Moons are pretty! The timelapse pictures are wonderful, you don’t need a hokey… Read more »
William928
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William928
July 26, 2013 9:56 PM

Wow! Why not just enjoy the pretty pictures?

astrodork
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astrodork
July 27, 2013 12:59 AM
I do!…but I also work as a planetarium educator. Most people do not understand the Moon’s orbit or its phases, and hype about a non-event just confuses the issue even more. We get a lot of questions about this, and blank looks when you explain that the Moon goes from near to far every month, and about every 14 months perigee comes pretty close to the full Moon. I can’t even start to explain how it’s the photographer’s long lens and distance that makes the Moon ginormous behind the foreground. I like the pretty pictures, been known to take some myself (my neighbors I’m sure think I’m nutty for pointing the camera at the Moon and planets at… Read more »
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