Sunday, March 20, 2011

Saturday's Supermoon Surprise

Most certainly it was biggest at a certain time in Singapore... 11:00PM or so but the time I realized and looked up into the night sky, the moon was as bright as I could remember but I could not say it was the biggest I had seen.

This morning, the report says that it was suppose to be about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than any other given day, or years... about 18 years once when it was at its closest to earth last night.

We were busy watching TV when Sonny burst out from his room, reminding us of the rare event. He took out my Canon camera to capture the phenomenon but was having trouble with the settings.

That was when I helped him and became interested in it and got involved to catch that celestial moment with him. So father and son, both with a Canon D450 dSLR and a Lumix FX10 respectively, were busy taking turns out of the master bedroom window, clicking away, taking pictures of the heavenly satellite.

Lots of clicking... trying all kinds of settings to get those details we normally see, so effortlessly captured by professional photographers it seems, on the covers of magazines and nature websites.

Both of us got the pictures of the moon we wanted. We are happy about it but the other phenomenon of the large circular ring of clouds around the moon, almost like a rainbow around it was not able to be captured properly. Either it was too dark and revealed no ring or the moon appeared too bright but still no rainbow ring, the way we saw with our naked eyes.

I hope we would have improved our photography skills in 18 years time to come when this moon shows its brilliant show again. Hope we live to see it once again.

Anyway, it was just awesome to witness that spectacle shown for long hours on a clear night sky. With several faint sparkles of the planets in our solar system accompanying the moon, it was kind of... magical.

At least, an exciting event on a Saturday, replacing our cancelled outdoor outing Wifey and I had planned for the day due to rain that poured the whole day, only to stop towards the evening.

All that rain was a curtain to revealed a very clear sky when it opened wide, for the moon to make its most beautiful appearance for all to see. A stellar performance!


  1. I didn't think I'd get a glimpse of the big moon, since it was rainy and cloudy last night. But I went out at 6 A.M. to milk my cow, and there it was!

  2. While your virtual kitty Belang meows and tries to get my attention, I just have to post that this is a Beautiful photo and blog post. Thank you so much, Muhd. It was a magical moon. My husband and myself fell asleep in the living room while the moon slipped from east to west across our big window ... we were sleeping 3-4 hrs earlier than usual! I guess we were moonstruck. I am just now thinking about getting an inexpensive digital camera to experiment with my photography. I have been using a Canon T50, very old, with several lgr zooms, which I love. I am clueless about digitals but I will have to get with the program, eh?
    Thank you for your warm and welcome post here. It was good to read your words again and see another exquisite Full Moon. I don't have a camera that will take it properly ... yet.
    Blessings to nice you did this with Sonny.

  3. Thank you for the lovely "Large Moon" photo. I also stayed up and watched it moved along from east to west. I also went outside and looked at the starry many stars. Like you rain most of day that day, but the night was ready for that big ole moon. I just loved watching it. Gives me a peaceful feeling of being connected to the Universe.

    When a child I would open the curtain at bedtime and lay and sleep with the moon shining brightly on me....I don't know why I always did this, and it used to drive my younger sister nuts, who slept in same bed as me..."why do you do that it's so bright shut the curtains"!..but then she would fall asleep and I would slowly open the curtains again and "dream on".

    Hope your doing well my dear friend.

    Love and Blessings for a more peaceful and loving world and Universe,



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