[ezcol_2third]Moon Photographs From WhitbyGlenn Kilpatrick Photography

Sunday Night and Monday Morning over this weekend 27th And 28th September 2015 will allow us to see two very special events in the night skies above Whitby.

The full moon which should rise in the eastern sky around nightfall will be a full supermoon and one of the largest visible since 2014.

Early Monday morning at 01.10 am a lunar Eclipse will begin and this will turn the moon a beautiful red colour. An article in the Daily Telegraph reports –

“An awe-inspiring blood-red “supermoon” will cast its eerie light on the Earth on Sunday Evening and into Monday morning, creating an atmosphere of wonder and fear across the world.”

A Supermoon, or perigee moon, happens when the full or new moon does its closest fly-by of the Earth, making it look bigger than it normally does.

The last time a supermoon coincided with a lunar eclipse, when the moon is covered by the Earth’s shadow, was in 1982 and the event will not be repeated again until 2033, so its well worth staying up for.

Some people believe this event signifies the start of doomsday.

Why will the moon turn red?

The Earth’s atmosphere scatters more blue light, so that the light reaching the lunar surface is predominantly red.

Observers on Earth see a moon that may be brick-coloured, rusty, blood red, or sometimes dark grey depending on the atmospheric conditions.

The clear skies over Whitby during the last supermoon in 2014 allowed good viewing of this latest supermoon event. Some local photographers have managed to get a few decent shots worth sharing with you below.[/ezcol_2third] [ezcol_1third_end]Suggested Reading


The photographs below are by myself Glenn Kilpatrick and my good friend Mike Marshall who is also a keen ameateur photographer. I hope you enjoy the shots, and we would also like to recieve your feedback on them in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

Whitby Supermoon By Glenn Kilpatrick

Whitby Supermoon By Glenn Kilpatrick

What is a supermoon?

The distance from moon to Earth varies throughout the month and year. On average the distance is about 238,000 miles (382,900 kilometers). During a month, when the moon is farthest away from Earth it’s called apogee, when the moon is closest to Earth it is called perigee. When the full moon coincides with being closest to Earth, or perigee, it is called a supermoon. The term Micro Moon refers to a full moon that occurs when the moon is farthest from Earth, or apogee.

There are no universal rules as to how close the moon must be to qualify as a supermoon or a micro moon. timeanddate.com uses the following definition:

  • If a full moon is closer than 360,000 kilometers (ca. 223,694 miles) at perigee, it is considered a supermoon.
  • If a full moon occurs when the Moon is farther than 400,000 kilometers (ca. 248,548 miles) at apogee, it is considered to be a Micro Moon.

Further Reading On Supermoons At The Time And Date Website

The Whitby Supermoon Gallery