Watch a Magical Moonrise

by Nancy Atkinson on January 31, 2013

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This is absolutely lovely. Photographer Mark Gee says this incredible real-time video “is as it came off the memory card and there has been no manipulation whatsoever.” It shows the full Moon rising over the Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand.

“People had gathered up there this night to get the best view possible of the moon rising,” Gee wrote on Vimeo. “I captured the video from 2.1km away on the other side of the city. It’s something that I’ve been wanting to photograph for a long time now, and a lot of planning and failed attempts had taken place. Finally, during moon rise on the 28th January 2013, everything fell into place and I got my footage.”

While Gee said it was a challenge to shoot, the final result is stunning.

Full Moon Silhouettes from Mark Gee on Vimeo.


Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

Johnny Strife January 31, 2013 at 4:56 AM


Joel Raupe January 31, 2013 at 9:01 AM

“Nothing more complicated than perception…” Poetry in motion… Thanks, Nancy!

bugzzz January 31, 2013 at 11:46 AM

That’s pretty great.

Brandon Davis January 31, 2013 at 8:29 PM

One of the advantages of working at a world class visual effects company is that you get artists like Mark who randomly post amazing night sky photos and video like this :)

Noel Chidwick February 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Fantastic. Reminds us exactly where we stand in this universe.

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