Our nearest neighbor in the sky put on quite a show here in the Adirondacks last night. The Scorpio Super Full Moon of 2012 was one for the record books thus far. A mostly clear and cloudless sky ensured great viewing along with associated freezing cold temperatures.
Due to the moon’s elliptical orbit, last night’s full moon was 15,000 miles closer to earth than usual. This made it appear 30% brighter and 14% larger to us earthlings. Those statistics combined with the lack of light pollution we enjoy in the Adirondacks and last night’s clear sky conditions created an incredible scene for those willing to brave the cold. With Venus at my back in the western sky and the full moon lighting the way, it was well worth the scurry back to the house for extra clothes so I could take these photos.