Supermoon 2016: Stunning photographs show incredible sights as the moon is the closest to the Earth it has been for 68 years

  • Tonight the moon will be the closest its been to the earth in over 68 years
  • Sydneysiders view may be obstructed by cloud cover and showers
  • The forecast for the other capital cities is looking good with less cloud 

It has been almost 70 years since a rare supermoon lit up the dark night skies as it will on Monday and people flocked to vantage points to catch a glimpse of the phenomenon.

The moon will be at its biggest and brightest – because it will be 30,000km closer to earth than normal – providing some incredible opportunities for viewers to take a photo of the moon as it basks in the night sky.

While cloud cover threatened to mask the view across the nation’s capital cities, Brisbane was presented with a stunning view of the supermoon hovering at dusk.

 

The supermoon - at its biggest and brightest for nearly 70 years -captured in incredible detail on Monday night

The supermoon – at its biggest and brightest for nearly 70 years -captured in incredible detail on Monday night

The moon is at its biggest and brightest because it will be 30,000km closer to earth than normal

The moon is at its biggest and brightest because it will be 30,000km closer to earth than normal

Brisbane was presented with a stunning view of the supermoon hovering at dusk with a plane taking off

 

Brisbane was presented with a stunning view of the supermoon hovering at dusk with a plane taking off

As the sun sets the supermoon lit up the sky as it towered over Brisbane city on Monday night

As the sun sets the supermoon lit up the sky as it towered over Brisbane city on Monday night

The dark sky showed the supermoon in full force as photographers from Brisbane jumped at the rare sight

The dark sky showed the supermoon in full force as photographers from Brisbane jumped at the rare sight”

The dark sky showed the supermoon in full force as photographers from Brisbane jumped at the rare sight

The enormity of the moon can be seen in the images with the crevasses formed by the lava beds on full display.

Earlier predictions Sydneysiders may be denied the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the phenomena as a trough will bring a large amount of low- to mid-level cloud cover was correct.

But, some lucky photographers were able to snap the supermoon peaking through the heavy cloud cover, with one image was from a participant as they were climbing the Harbour Bridge.

Another picture captured the supermoon making an appearance above the iconic Opera House.

Stunning image of the supermoon peaking through the clouds and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge

The supermoon can be seen peaking through the cloudy sky behind the Sydney Opera House

Beautiful shot of the supermoon, in a dark yellow contrast with previous images, hovering above the Sydney Opera House

 

Beautiful shot of the supermoon, in a dark yellow contrast with previous images, hovering above the Sydney Opera House

The supermoon captured by a photographer as it shines brightly through cloud cover on Monday

The supermoon captured by a photographer as it shines brightly through cloud cover on Monday

People watching the rare supermoon in south Sydney as the luminous sight enriches the sky

A crowd gathered in south Sydney on Balg Hill to watch the rare supermoon grace the night sky

The crowd gathered in south Sydney on Balg Hill to watch the rare supermoon grace the night sky

The grandeur of the supermoon shown behind a train on the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Monday night

The grandeur of the supermoon shown behind a train on the Sydney Harbour Bridge on Monday night

With the moon appearing 14 per cent bigger and 30 per cent brighter photographers from across the globe jumped over the moon’s larger than life appearance.

Beautiful shots of the supermoon gracing the sky above Hobart and rising in Perth painted an incredible picturesque view.

The supermoon sparkled against the water as photographers snapped stunning shots of the rare sight.

The majestic supermoon graces the beautiful city of Hobart as it appears over the mountain range

The majestic supermoon graces the beautiful city of Hobart as it appears over the mountain range

The supermoon can be seen captured above Hobart as the sun begins to disappear

The supermoon can be seen captured above Hobart as the sun begins to disappear

Clouds momentarily block the full view of the incredible supermoon that sparkled against the waters of Hobart on Monday

Clouds momentarily block the full view of the incredible supermoon that sparkled against the waters of Hobart on Monday

The large supermoon appears a dark luminous yellow on Monday as it hangs in the sky over Perth

The large supermoon appears a dark luminous yellow on Monday as it hangs in the sky over Perth

Daily Mail provided the best opportunities and vantage points to watch the super moon with the forecast during the much-anticipated rise of the supermoon is looking good in most capital cities but cloud cover could threaten the view for some in the south east corner of the country.

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The forecast is for some cloud over the south east corner but it will be worse for Sydney than other cities

The forecast is for some cloud over the south east corner but it will be worse for Sydney than other cities

Sydneysiders may be denied the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the phenomena as a trough will bring a large amount of low- to mid-level cloud cover.

‘There will be some cloud but the sky won’t be completely covered, the forecast is for broken cloud which is around half the sky, so the good news is it shouldn’t be covering the whole sky,’ Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said. The stars seems to have aligned for most of the other capital cities, with the forecast far more favourable.

In Melbourne there will be some cloud cover and it’ll be around 16 degrees at 6pm.

Brisbane’s forecast couldn’t be better, with a clear and dry night ahead.

Going to a place with a clear view of the eastern horizon is going to be your best bet in terms of positioning.

The optimal time for seeing the supermoon is between moonrise and sunset, so for example, in Brisbane that’s going to be between 5:51 pm and 6:16 pm.

With the wind direction swinging to a southerly in Sydney, you might need to pack a jumper with a temperature drop on the way and even the chance of showers.

People around the world will be eagerly awaiting the moons rise on Monday as it's set to be the biggest supermoon in living memory

People around the world will be eagerly awaiting the moons rise on Monday as it’s set to be the biggest supermoon in

If it’s any constellation, if you miss it on Monday night, there will be ample opportunity for round two on Tuesday and things could even be better then for Sydney-siders with a little less cloud looming.

Satellite imagery showes cloud cover moving towards the south east corner last night 

Satellite imagery showes cloud cover moving towards the south east corner last night

As for instragramming tips – who better to give advice than NASA’s very own senior photographer?

The number one tip from Bill Ingalls is to get some perspective.

‘Don’t make the mistake of photographing the moon by itself with no reference to anything.

On Monday the new moon will coincide with the moon's closest approach to the earth

On Monday the new moon will coincide with the moon’s closest approach to the earth

‘Instead, think of how to make the image creative—that means tying it into some land-based object. It can be a local landmark or anything to give your photo a sense of place,’ Ingalls said.

Mr Ingalls also warned not to take your artistry too seriously.

‘There are lots of great photos of people appearing to be holding the moon in their hand and that kind of thing. You can get really creative with it,’ he said.

NASA's senior photographer told us to have fun with our photography 'You can get really creative with it,' he said.

NASA’s senior photographer told us to have fun with our photography ‘You can get really creative with it,’ he said.

While the quality might not be quite as good as a camera, Ingalls said a smartphone can do the trick if used properly.

‘Tap the screen and hold your finger on the object (in this case, the moon) to lock the focus. Then slide your finger up or down to darken or lighten the exposure,’ he said.

There’s always a lot of talk about supermoons so is this one really any more special than the others? Yes.

Monday’s supermoon will be even bigger than the supermoon of 2014

‘At perigree — the point at which the moon is closest to Earth — the moon can be as much as 14 percent closer to Earth than at apogee, when the moon is farthest from our planet. The full moon appears that much larger in diameter and because it is larger shines 30 percent more moonlight onto the Earth,’ a statement from NASA said

And if you miss it, you’ll have to wait until 2034.

 

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