Astro photography

Hunter's Moon Rising

Hunter's Moon Rising, October 25, 2007. The full Moon following a month after the Harvest Moon is called the Hunter's Moon. This one, rising above Georgian Bay, was also near perigee in its orbit, so it was the largest full Moon for 2007. The blue band in the sky just above the horizon is actually the Earth's shadow cast on to the atmosphere. The pink band between the Earth's shadow and the Moon is called The Belt of Venus, and it's caused by backscattering of light from the Sun as it sinks below the opposite horizon.

I was standing on a cliff edge lookout on the Bruce Trail when I took this photograph. The little village where I live is located along the bay to the lower right.

The following morning, while out on a bike ride near my home I photographed the Hunter's Moon setting over a beaver pond.

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Steve Irvine
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