Amateur Astronomy Club

Super Moon Eclipse Composite – 8 x 16″ – Fiberboard

Photographer: Bruce Card

This is an 8 x 16″ picture with a fiberboard backing. No frame or hanger included.

For the first time in more than 30 years a supermoon in combination with a lunar eclipse event was captured in this photo. Because the orbit of the moon is not a perfect circle, the moon is sometimes closer to the Earth than at other times during its orbit. When the moon is farthest away it’s known as apogee, and when it’s closest it’s known as perigee. This photo represents the moon during a perigee full moon—the closest full moon of the year. A lunar eclipse typically puts on an even greater show. For more than an hour, Earth’s shadow swallows up the moon as the planet comes between the sun and the moon. The last supermoon/lunar eclipse combination occurred in 1982 and the next won’t happen until 2033. This collage photo shows the moon during various phases of the eclipse.