Hunter’s Moon tomorrow night

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  • There’s a Hunter’s moon tomorrow night, but it will look like a bright full moon tonight and for several nights, starting early - - at sunset in parts of North America - - each of these nights.    Will this be similar in South America?  I don’t know.  If so, Enjoy!


    What is a Hunter’s moon?  

    According to Country Living magazine:

    The Hunter's Moon comes once a year and is always the next full moon after autumn's Harvest Moon. The name comes from the Algonquin Native American tribe, and reminds us that traditionally in many cultures this is the time to hunt and store up meat for the long winter. 


    “The Hunter's Moon shares a unique characteristic with the Harvest Moon: For several nights in a row, a full or nearly full moon rises around sunset in mid to high northern latitudes. This is significant because, other times of year, the moon can rise up to an hour later each passing day due to the angle of the moon's orbit in relation to Earth's orbit around the sun, says Astronomy.com.


    “Traditionally, the early evening moonlight provided by the Hunter's Moon aided hunters during a crucial time for storing up food, just like the Harvest Moon provided extra light to farmers bringing in the harvest. Also around this time, says The Old Farmer's Almanac, animals were drawn to scraps leftover from the fall harvest, and the cleared fields made them easier for hunters and other predators to spot.


    “You might also notice the Hunter's Moon looking particularly big and orange. Both characteristics result from viewing the moon when it's low in the sky. The moon illusion makes the moon appear larger when it's near the horizon. Plus, you're moon gazing through a thicker layer of Earth's atmosphere, versus a thin layer when the moon is high in the sky, and our atmospheric particles add color. Think about it: The days are shorter, so you're probably wrapping up your day and heading home around sunset—the same time the Hunter's Moon is rising above the horizon and sure to catch your eye.“.  (Probably not so early here in the Southern Hemisphere.)

  • Would be glad to share photos, but my camera has always shown itself incapable of approaching the stunning beauty of either sunsets or full moons. It’s much better with subjects that are very close.


    I hope I'm not teaching my granny how to suck eggs (well, not my granny since I'm sure you are waaaay younger than me). A couple of things though. Are you using a tripod? You really need to consider using long exposures with small apertures if you are not doing so already. Do you have manual focus available? In which case, if possible you need to push the lens beyond the ∞ symbol regardless of where autofocus tries to put it.. A lensmaker's idea of infinity is generally a few miles; that really doesn't cut it with an object some 238,000 miles away.


    My sister bought me Photography, Night Sky (ISBN 978-1-59485-838-3 (paperback) (-839-0 ebook)) a few years ago, shortly before my visit to the Ampimpa observatory out in the Argentine North-West (26°36'44.46"S 65°50'30.93"W if you want to find it on Google Earth) It improved my night photography no end but I'm still not good enough to show off my pictures.

  • Agree with Bombonera about wanting to see some of your night photos, bebopalula , if you feel like sharing any.


    In a long ago former life I was a freelance photographer working mostly in B&W. I agree with your thoughts about using a small lens aperture with longer exposure time. These days my camera is just the one on my iPhone, so I shoot only casually and for my own pleasure, knowing full well that my photos won’t be what I’m seeing in the sky.


    [BTW, did anyone notice what someone scribbled in the foam of the beer in the picture above?]

  • I had a journalist pal that used to photo only in black and white. I was blown away when I looked at his work-all in Eastern Europe mostly in the 1980s.

    So impressed was I that I too only photographed in black and white for a year or 2 and loved it!


    Would it be an idea to add a photography section where we all share our favourite photos we have ever taken in Argentina? I'd be up to sharing some albeit I am not a photographer.

  • Agree with Bombonera about wanting to see some of your night photos, bebopalula , if you feel like sharing any.


    In a long ago former life I was a freelance photographer working mostly in B&W. I agree with your thoughts about using a small lens aperture with longer exposure time. These days my camera is just the one on my iPhone, so I shoot only casually and for my own pleasure, knowing full well that my photos won’t be what I’m seeing in the sky.


    [BTW, did anyone notice what someone scribbled in the foam of the beer in the picture above?]

    iPhone? Ahhhhhh. That's the problem then. Should have used a Samsung mobile phone :-

    Samsung says it adds fake detail to moon photos via “reference” photos
    When you know how the end result should look, how much AI is too much?
    arstechnica.com

  • The moon was completely visibile last night. It was bigger than usual and it reflect a lot of the sun's light. I woke up at 2 AM and I thought I had forgotten to turn off some light in the house. Instead, it was the moon's light. Majestic!