By Kellie Scott
It’s happening —a supermoon is coming to skies near you tonight.
The event occurs when a full or new moon passes closer to Earth in its monthly orbit.
The November 14 edition is particularly amazing because it will be “the closest full moon to date in the 21st century,” according to NASA.
So whether you are keen to snap the perfect moon selfie, or just take it all in — we have some tips to give you the best experience.
Getting the perfect shot
Astronomer and writer for Australasian Science magazine David Reneke said practising with aperture settings on your camera was important.
“Use two or three different settings, practice with exposure times of quarter, half and one second,” he said.
Reneke said an SLR or DSLR on a tripod was essential. This is echoed by National Geographic photographers, who say snapping the supermoon requires “the biggest lens you can find”.
Timing is also important — even if it is just to create an illusion.
Reneke said the best time to shoot was when the Moon started to rise above the horizon, when it appeared 10 to 15 per cent larger.
“Also get a clear view of the sky, because it might turn that beautiful pink-tan colour,” he said.
Moonrise tonight in Sydney is 7:07pm AEDT, Melbourne 7:40pm AEDT and Brisbane 5:51pm AEST.
NASA senior photographer Bill Ingalls recommends photographing the moon with a land-based object like building or trees to give it a sense of place.
“Don’t make the mistake of photographing the moon by itself with no reference to anything,” he writes on the NASA site.
Smartphones can do an OK job
If you are just relying on your smartphone for that breathtaking shot, it can be done, according to Ingalls.
“You’re not going to get a giant moon in your shot, but you can do something more panoramic, including some foreground that’s interesting,” he said.
National Geographic’s Michael Christopher Brown’s tips include using your optical lens only, not your digital zoom (crop later if you need to), and put your phone on a tripod to stabilise it.