Almost Full Moon over Jena

Tonight I was walking through the downtown of Jena looking for a place to eat.

I walked up the Wagnergasse looking to see if one of the restaurants would catch my eye.

Wagnergasse, Jena, Food, Outdoor Dining, sunset

As I walked up the street I notice a young lady standing with her camera waiting to take a picture, so I turned to see what she was taking a picture of.

Full Moon, Jena, Germany, Intershop Tower, WagnergasseI saw that she was waiting to get a picture of the moon rising up through the layers of the clouds. Of course, I had to take some pictures as well. They did not turn out the best, but I did not want to spend a lot of time figuring out the best settings for my camera. This was simply a quick shot taken with automatic settings.

Jena, Germany, Full Moon, Super Moon, Intershop Tower, WagnergasseI waited a little while to let it get a bit darker and then took another picture. However, the moon was starting to disappear behind the clouds again so you cannot see the entire moon.

The moon looks like it is almost full, but the full moon is not until Saturday.

By some definitions it will be a supermoon, The accepted definition of the moon being within 90% of its closest approach usually leads to three supermoons in a row, which I find a bit sensational. Perfect fodder for posts on Facebook about how rare they are and how they are a sign that things are going to happen. In fact the first known reference to a supermoon and the very loose requirements came from an astrologist. This is definitely not a term that is used in Astronomy.

Hmm, maybe this pending supermoon is causing my mind to wander. I must close this and get some sleep.

Steven

 

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