Smallest Full Moon in 2012 rises

posted: 1879 days ago, on Wednesday, 2012 Nov 28 at 22:30
tags: astronomy, astrophotography, Southern Sky Highlights 2012, Moon, Jupiter, Kos Coronaios.

The Full Moon this month is the smallest Full Moon for 2012. Kos Coronaios imaged it soon after rising.

(left) Shortly after moonrise, Kos captured our nearest heavenly neighbour making its appearance. (right) Just like at sunset, the scattering of red light by the atmosphere gives a rosy view of things.

(left) A while after moonrise, Jupiter (below) and Aldebaran (right) were in view. (right) The smallest Full Moon in 2012.


Shortly after Jupiter and its moons rose, Kos Coronaios imaged the grouping. The giant planet was some 608 million km away at the time; the Moon was a mere 406 thousand km distant (or 1 500 times closer).

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