The Pull of the Moon

By: Alan Dyer

Mar 17 2014

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Category: Landscape, Nightscape, Solar System

4 Comments

Aperture:f/11
Focal Length:135mm
ISO:320
Shutter:1/3 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 60D

The Full Moon rises over the Pacific Ocean, exerting its pull on the ocean tides.

This was the scene last night, Monday, March 17, 2014 from the headlands at Woolgoolga, New South Wales, Australia. The views overlook the Pacific Ocean with the Full Moon rising. If the Moon looks a little odd, it’s because I took these images from “down under,” where the Moon appears  upside down compared to what we northerners are familiar with.

However, no matter your hemisphere, the Moon exerts a tidal pull on the globe, which manifests itself most obviously as the twice-daily rise and fall of the ocean tides at shorelines like this. When I took these shots at moonrise, the tide was just past its minimum and was beginning to come in again, for a peak later that night with the Moon high in the north.

Moonrise at Woolgoolga, Australia #1

This image was from a few minutes earlier, with the Moon having just risen and looking a little more pale against the darkening twilight of the eastern horizon.

I’m in Australia for the next few weeks, to shoot lots of images of the southern autumn sky, skies permitting.

– Alan, March 18, 2014 / © 2014 Alan Dyer

4 comments on “The Pull of the Moon”

  1. If your skies are dark enough out there, don’t forget to look for the light bridge that runs from the Large Magellanic Cloud to the Milky Way near Triangulum Australe. Have fun there! Looking forward to some more great pics like this one.

  2. Stunning, Alan. Beautiful photo and beautifully written post.
    Thank you for sharing.

  3. Really nice!


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