Huaraz and members of the Photographic Club of Huaraz enjoyed a Supermoon last Saturday

M embers of the Photographic Club of Huaraz (Club Fotográfico de Huaraz), with among them Huaraz´best and most passionate photographers including Virgilio Guzmán, witnessed this special phenomenon high above Huaraz. The Perigee-Syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun System was witnessed not only by photographers but also by stargazers and tourists in Huaraz. The larger and brighter appearance of the moon was caused by the oval shape of the moon’s orbit of the Earth.

A Supermoon (word invented by Richard Nolle, 30 years ago) is the happenstance of a full moon (a new moon) with the closest approach the moon makes to the earth on its elliptical trajectory. This moon appearance results in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from planet earth. According to the NASA, a full moon at perigee is up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than one at its farthest point. The next and closest Supermoon of 2014 will be on the 10th of August at 18:09 UTC and the last one this year will be on the 9th of September at 9 at 1:38 UTC. Sam Williams, founder and managing director of Project Cordillera, among Charlotte Kesl (a professional documentary photographer and teacher) casted their eyes to the heavens to observe the spectacular scientific scene on Saturday night in Huaraz and provided The Huaraz Telegraph with a picture.

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