Your ‘Supermoon’ Images from Around the World


We asked for ’em, and you sent ’em in: here are great images of the perigee Moon on May 5, 2012, the largest full Moon of the year taken by our readers.

The perigee Moon as seen in Opelika, Alabama USA. Credit: Jacob Marchio.
The Supermoon on a finger, as seen in Aguilas, Murcia Spain. Credit: Tapani Isomäki
An artist's view of the 'Supermoon.' Credit: Omer Sidat.
Largest Full Moon for 2012 from Dayton, Ohio USA. Credit: John Chumack.
Perigee Moon on May 5, 2012 from Altamonte Springs, Florida USA. Credit: Austin Russie.
A shy supermoon from Brick Landing, North Carolina USA. Credit: Tavi Greiner.
The supermoon from Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Credit: jimctu on Flickr
Preparing for a Supermoon, on May 3, 2012 from Wauseon, Ohio. Credit: Bill Schlosser.
A lovely Moonrise at Soldier's Beach off the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Credit: Kerry Middlemiss
'Taken from the Marin Headlands with about 573 other photographer friends. I used my Orion ED Refractor telescope for a lens,' said photographer Ted Judah.
Supermoon over the Pacific, taken at Goblets Beach in Santa Barbara, California, USA. Credit: Jonathan Vail.
Full Super Moon rising over UC Berkeley Sather Tower Campanile and International House. Credit: Ira Serkes.
Super full Moon over Tucson, Arizona, USA. Credit: 'Sifted Reality' on Flickr.
Digiscope of the 2012 Supermoon, São Paulo, Brazil. Credit: Monica, 'MoniBR' on Flickr.
The perigee full Moon from Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA. Credit: Jamie Rich.
The perigee Moon from Toronto, Canada. Credit: Rick Ellis.
The Moon on May 6, 2012 in Mandan, North Dakota, USA. Credit: Jola Boehm

And speaking of images from ‘around the world,’ here’s one from the International Space Station:

The perigee full Moon on May 5, 2012, as seen through Earth’s atmosphere, which bends the light from the Moon, making it appear squished. Credit: Andre Kuipers/ESA/NASA

Thanks to everyone who sent in their images and posted them to our Flickr page. See more images and find more from our contributors at Universe Today’s Flickr page.

17 Replies to “Your ‘Supermoon’ Images from Around the World”

  1. These images are interesting and disturbing at the same time. It clearly appears that the images have been manipulated, rotated and adjusted. The moon, I believe, presents the same face to the earth at all times, however these photographs show that the features on the moon’s surface seem to change position thereby indicating manipulation. Why has no one else noticed this?

      1. No, I do not care that a camera can be rotated. I care that a photograph of the moon is being rotated. I also care that objects in the front of the moon may in fact be added after the fact via photomanipulation. Would a professional astronomer intentionally change the image of something in the universe? How about we change the Horsehead Nebula and print it backwards so that the head is in the other direction?

      2. These images are not manipulated (at least mine isn’t). I was using my 6” Newtonian, and as Tobias Wikerdahl said, it will be mirrored. At that position in the sky with my certain camera rotation, that is how it came out, I DID NOT rotate it at all. If you look closely, will see that it is the same face of the moon, just maybe the moon was on it’s side.

        Oh, Universe Today: please fix my name from Jacon to Jacob. Thanks!

      3. Only “An artist’s view of the ‘Supermoon.'” looks photoshopped to me, but even that effect is achievable by placing small model of castle near camera lens.
        How do you distinguish image rotated by photomanipulation from image taken from camera mounted on equatorial mount? To me they both look the same.
        And about the Horsehead Nebula, do you realize that in fact the horse’s “nose” is facing upward if you look at it from northern hemisphere during winter (which is “normal” view for me) ? Also, as other people have mentioned, most telescopes produce flipped (i.e. backwards) image, because the construction is easier, cheaper, it has less optical elements so the picture quality is better. It can be flipped back and rotated later, in computer.

    1. The moon will always face he same side to earth yes, but it sounds logical to me that it will be rotated in different ways depending on where on earth you are observing. Plus that many pictures very well might be taken through telescopes. Newtonians make the image mirrored and depending on how the camera is mounted the image will rotate.

      1. Yes. A good way to see how the Moon might appear to be rotated is to imagine standing on the north pole of the Moon, looking back at various points on Earth where observers might be standing… to see each observer upright, you’d have to cock your head, and could be doing so at any angle.

    2. If you look at the photographs with geographical references (like 3, 4 and 7) You will notice that the position of the moon’s features are the same. On the other hand, the ones which clearly were taken using telescope or very large lens seems to be rotated. That rotation depends on the position of the camera relative to the telescope, and also the type of telescope used.

  2. In my humble opinion, the only relevant shots are the ones taken with an earthly object included for reference.
    Otherwise, it could be a “moon shot” taken on any night, eh?

    Further, I think it’s fascinating that we ponder at virtually the same moon vision that any historically important person that ever lived observed.
    …and the ape-men in 2001 A Space Odyssey…

  3. Please note that if you are used to seeing the Moon pictured from the Northern Hemisphere, it will appear upside-down in photos taken in the Southern Hemisphere. Photos from Brazil and Australia in the post are examples.

  4. I took the shot with the moon next to the Transamerica Pyramid. The only Photoshopping I did was to slightly crop, tweak levels, and sharpen a bit. Same things I would do to a family snapshot. What I am proud of is the fact that I calculated, using Starry Night and Google Earth, exactly where I needed to be set up with my scope to get this POV. I know no one else on the headlands that evening got this perspective.

    1. And it looks like all the preparation paid off. That’s a fantastic looking image! Congrats.

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