When moon reaches its perigee or closest point in its orbit, it is about 50,000k closer to the Earth than at its farthest point. About once every 14 months the perigee occurs at the time of the full moon (called syzygy in the world of astronomy) you get what astrologer Richard Nolle termed a "Super Moon." Although the science folks would rather term the event "perigee-syzygy"...I'm going with "Super Moon."
Alongside my trusty homie Colin, we arrived to the upper campus a bit after sundown and prepared for the arrival of the "Super Moon." Getting our rigs ready, we took a few practice shots of the scene at Cornell.
Bartels Hall at night, Cornell, Ithaca, New York - May 5
Clouds covering the Supermoon - May 5
Looking South from Schoellkopf Stadium to Ithaca College at night May 5
Willard Strait, Cornell Campus, at night May 5
Clock tower, Cornell Campus, at night May 5
For about an hour or so, the moon's presence was hidden by a thick cloud cover to the east. Eventually though, the moon's reflection of the sun's rays poked through the clouds and we made some photographs. I've spent my fair share of fitful nights under a full moon in the Sierra Nevada hiding in my sleeping bag trying to sleep but blinded by the moon. Last night's "Super Moon" reminded me of those nights. A bright object in the sky at night...the last thing you want when you are trying to sleep.
Clock tower, Cornell Campus
Super Moon over the Cornell Store May 5
Super Moon over the power plant - Looking East from Schoellkopf Stadium May 5