Earlier this week, the largest moon of almost 70 years could be seen around the world. This "supermoon," as it is being hailed, occurred after it appeared 222,000 miles from Earth — to put it into perspective, that's some 30,000 miles closer than the most distant point it ever pops up. According to NASA, that caused it to appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than what we’re used to. Naturally, photographers everywhere were out in full force trying to grab the best photo. But one image in particular is garnering attention after making NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day.
Kris Smith, who took the image, had been preparing to take a shot like this for a number of years. Using an 11-inch telescope attached to a Canon 5D Mark III, he set up base at a local high school ready to snap. He’d been using website Calsky.com in order to monitor his chances of photographing objects in space.
Smith told Business Insider:
[One] week before the ISS (International Space Station) crossing I received an email alert and approximate path. The path was only about two miles from my house. As the day grew closer I picked a location, the local high school, and [set up] my telescope on the practice field.
His image even managed to capture the ISS zooming in front of the supermoon.
What do you make of his efforts? Was it worth the several-year wait?
[via Business Insider]