Supermoon, Worldwide House Station transit captured by Auckland astrophotographer

An astrophotographer has captured Sunday’s supermoon – and the Worldwide House Station because it handed it.

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Also referred to as a Super Snow Moon in the US, the place it’s presently winter, the supermoon seems greater than 10 per cent brighter than a regular full moon.

Aucklander Josh Kirkley mentioned he captured the supermoon rising round eight.40pm from Owairaka Area in Mount Albert.

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Later within the night about 11.20pm, Kirkley additionally managed to seize the Worldwide House Station passing the supermoon from his driveway in Royal Oak.

Josh Kirkley captured the supermoon as it went over Auckland on Sunday.


Josh Kirkley captured the supermoon because it went over Auckland on Sunday.

It is not the first time he has captured the uncommon second. He has additionally captured the house station passing the sun.

Like different transits, Kirkley mentioned he captured it by his telescope. He waited for about 30 minutes for the second that was over in “a couple of second”.

“I did not suppose it might occur with the tremendous snow moon,” Kirkley mentioned.

Josh Kirkley

An Auckland astrophotographer captured the Worldwide House Station go the moon the identical night time because the supermoon on February 9.

“I’ve by no means executed a transit with a supermoon, it was fairly a coincidence but it surely simply appeared to line up.”

Kirkley mentioned his seize of the house station was higher than these he had executed prior to now and he had managed to seize the complete body.

“It was pretty clear so it was fairly fortunate.”

Auckland astrophotographer Josh Kirkley.


Auckland astrophotographer Josh Kirkley.

MetService meteorologist Andrew James earlier mentioned the climate could be nice and clear for the supermoon, with a ridge of excessive strain throughout the nation.

Kirkley mentioned the moon rise was clear, however there was some faint cloud for the ISS transit.


Josh Kirkley said he has never captured a transit with a supermoon before.


Josh Kirkley mentioned he has by no means captured a transit with a supermoon earlier than.

Though it’s not an official astronomical term, a supermoon is when a full moon aligns with the moon being at perigee, or closest to the earth.

Different supermoons will happen in 2020 on March 10, April eight (the biggest moon this yr) and Might 7.

There will even be a penumbral eclipse of the moon – when the earth partially blocks the solar’s mild from the moon – on June 6.

The February full moon is also referred to as the Storm Moon, Starvation Moon, Magha Purnima, Magha Puja, the Mahamuni Pagoda Pageant Moon, the Chinese language Lantern Pageant Moon and the Full Moon of Tu B’Shevat, in keeping with NASA.