Super Moonrise at Red Rock Coulee
By: Alan Dyer
Tags: Alan Dyer, Alberta, astrophotography, Belt of Venus, conjunction, Earth shadow, Full Moon, Mars, Moon, moonlight, Moonrise, nightscape, Red Rock Coulee, Saturn, Spica, super moon, Supermoon, twilight
|Camera:||Canon EOS 60D|
The Full Moon rises over the sandstone formations of Red Rock Coulee, Alberta.
This was moonrise – a super Moonrise – on Friday, July 11, 2014.
Publicized as yet another “super moon,” this moonrise was certainly excellent for me, with superb skies at Red Rock Coulee in southern Alberta. There’s no way anyone would be able to detect the fact this Moon was a little closer and larger than most Full Moons of 2014. But it was still a fine sight.
Here, you see it sitting in the pink Belt of Venus fringing the dark blue band of Earth’s shadow rising in the east just after sunset. The already red rocks are lit by the warm light of the western twilight.
The main photo is an HDR stack of 6 exposures, to capture the range in brightness from bright sky to darker foreground.
This night, as it is for a week or so at mid-month, reddish Mars was sitting just above blue-white Spica in Virgo. They are visible here as a double star in the moonlit southwestern sky. Saturn is to the left. This is a single exposure.
It was another perfect night – warm, dry and bug free, for 3 hours of moonlight time-lapse shooting, as well as taking these still images.
– Alan, July 12, 2014 / © 2014 Alan Dyer