The 2013 Supermoon lit up the night sky over the weekend and worldwide viewers who were able to capture images of the spectacular phenomenon shared in on the internet. Those who were not able to witness the Supermoon, web site Space.com offers a free webcast on Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 June 24, Monday) courtesy of the Slooh Space Camera.
Here is the web site link: http://www.space.com/19195-night-sky-planets-asteroids-webcasts.html
Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory explained the importance of the 2013 Supermoon to the viewers. "It gets people out there looking at the moon and might make a few more people aware that there's interesting stuff going on in the night sky," Chester stated.
During the Supermoon's peak, it appears approximately 12.2% bigger when farthest away from planet Earth during its apogee. Moreover, the Supermoon's proximity with the perigee results to a noticeably huge difference on high or low tides and the high tides will actually be delayed up to a few days depending on a precise coastal site.
Web site LiveScience spoke with Jason Mrachina, an Iowa-based photographer, who shared why taking pictures of the moon are usually disappointing. "To your camera, the moon is extremely bright, especially compared to a black background," Mrachina explained.
The photographer further added: "It's kind of akin to taking a picture of a bare light bulb in a black room, and wondering why you can't see the filament. When you're shooting at night, the relative difference between light and dark is extremely high, so you have to take that into consideration."
Jason Mrachina noted that the right equipment is necessary to yield high-quality Supermoon images like long lens and tripod. "If you take the photo with a camera phone, or a wide-angle point-and-shoot without an optical zoom, you're going to be unhappy because the moon is going to look tiny in the image. With too wide of an angle, you don't get much of the moon to fill the frame," Mrachina shared.
Take a look at the shared images of the 2013 Supermoon from social networking sites Twitter and Tumblr that were captured worldwide.