By Dave Collins -
The supermoon as seen Monday morning along County Road E and Pleasant Mound Road in Crawford County was impressive. A Supermoon happens when a Full Moon or New Moon coincides with the Moon's closest approach to Earth; also called perigee. A Super Full Moon looks around 12% to 14% bigger than the micronmoon
The full moon on November 14, 2016, will present the closest supermoon of the year (221,524 miles). What’s more, this November 14, 2016 full moon will showcase the moon at its closest point to Earth thus far in the 21st century (2001 to 2100). The last time the moon was this close was January 26, 1948, and the moon won’t come this close again until the full moon of November 25, 2034.
On a person note - while photographing this supermoon I discovered there are two realities - who knew? I first set up my camera at the small clearing across from the Boscobel Boat Landing. That way, I was able to have the moon shine on the river, the bridge in the middle ground, and the moon setting behind the hills. Compositionally it looked fine, but with the clouds, the moon didn’t seem that spectacular. Anyhow, I shot a bunch of pictures until the moon set behind the hills after-which, I sat on the bumper of my car sipping the last of my coffee.
I leisurely packed up my equipment, drove across the Boscobel bridge and up Shockley hill. When I reached the top of the hill there was a huge yellow moon about 10 degrees above the horizon. I was totally shocked that there was a second moon in the sky after I had seen the first one set completely!
Now, those of you have have wandered these hills and valleys may be use to this phenomena, but it was a reality check for me. I’m glad it happened because the shot I took at the top of the ridge was much better than the ones I took along the river. The supermoon did look much larger than normal, and was a bright yellow-orange near the horizon. It was worth getting up early.