Perigee Moon Earthshine And Planet Mercury Above Lisbon City
Taken by Miguel Claro on April 8, 2016 @ Barreiro, Portugal
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  Camera Used: Canon Canon EOS 60D
Exposure Time: 1/2
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 800
Date Taken: 2016:04:10 22:23:35
 
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We use the term of “Super Moon” when the moon is at the Perigee, closer to Earth, which is not so rare, occurring 13 times this year 2016. But to our naked eyes we only notice that moon is indeed, larger in the sky (15% bigger and 30% brighter) when the moon is normally full, capturing our attention during this period.

On April 7, the moon was at the Perigee, so in the day after, on April 8, with only 3% of the disc illuminated by the sunlight, it would be considered a Super Crescent Moon, a perfect moment to show up the Earthshine phenomenon described for the first time by Leonardo DaVinci 500 years ago.

In the lovely view captured 8.5km straight from Lisbon city, from Barreiro region, with a telephoto lens, we can see in nautical twilight a beautiful alignment between the Super Crescent Moon and the planet Mercury – the bright “star” located at the same line – only separated by 6º, an easy target to find thanks to the help of our natural satellite, standing in the background above the monument Christ the King and the 25 April bridge. Below on the image, are seen reflections of light pollution in the water of Tagus River.

I also captured two other shots from the same moment with 123mm and with a 478mm telescope.

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