Full Moon over the Temple of Poseidon

posted: 2043 days ago, on Tuesday, 2012 May 08 at 22:58
tags: astronomy, astrophotography, Southern Sky Highlights 2012, Moon, Anthony Ayiomamitis.

Anthony Ayiomamitis writes:

"The rising full moon never fails to catch our attention and hearts! When we blend into the mix a 2500 year-old temple from the time of Ancient Greece surrounded by a cape and the Aegean, one has a magical moment that makes us appreciate the many fine things that life and nature have to offer if we take a minute or two from a hectic life to just simply look around us.

The image above was taken this past weekend and on the opportunity of the greatest perigee full moon for 2012 while the moon was rising against the Temple of Poseidon.

In order to accentuate the notion of a "super moon" which was often cited in the media, the image was taken from a strategically-chosen location 3480 meters away and to the northwest of the foreground and which provided perfect alignment for azimuth and altitude in reference to the Temple of Poseidon.

Since the Sun was at +3 degrees altitude when the Moon was rising (behind the Temple of Poseidon, my primary target and objective), I did not have the necessary contrast to properly catch this stunning moment but had to wait approximately seven to eight minutes later for a proper balance in lighting to materialize and, hence, for this beautiful image.

Further details are available at http://www.perseus.gr/Astro-Lunar-Scenes-Sounion-14.htm

Find out more: Southern Sky Highlights for 2012

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