This is my rather amateurish attempt at taking a picture of the Super Moon, visible over Bahrain tonight. I probably could have done better at taking this shot from the rooftop, with the Bahrain International Airport in the background and a plane taking off, but for my tripod giving way at the critical moment. So what you see is the result of my hand-held D600, which by no means is the lightest of cameras.
That said, this is the brief my astronomer friend Dr Waheeb Al Nasr from the University of Bahrain sent me earlier in the day, and which prompted the (mis)adventure on the roof in the first place!
“Watch the super moon tonight after moonrise at 6:19 pm. It’s brighter than usual by 20 per cent and closer by 10 per cent than it usually is. The full moon phase ( illuminated 100 %) will be tonight at 9.11 pm. The moon will at closest distance from Earth tonight at 8 44 pm (close to full moon phase time) at a distance of 356,836 km. The full moon will be at 9.11 pm!
“If you miss it, then wait until September 28, 2015. Shoot the moon tonight at moonrise near the horizon. It’s a super or giant moon; not like the mini or dwarf moon that we saw on 16th January 2014 when it was full moon but at the farthest distance from Earth.”