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Hunter's Moon

Holden Beach, North Carolina

October 9, 2022

1/40 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200

The full moon rises on the easterly horizon above Holden Beach, North Carolina on Sunday, October 9, 2022 just after sunset.

1/30 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200

The moon appears larger when it is viewed close to the horizon than it does high in the sky, a phenomenon called ‘moon illusion’.


The dark orange color of the moon is also due to its position near the horizon. Air borne particles, more prevalent when looking at the horizon, allow orange and red wavelengths to pass through the atmosphere, while the blues get scattered. To predict the time and location of the moonrise, I used The Photographer's Ephemeris (TPE) website. It is a fabulous resource to help in planning your photos of the Sun, Moon and Milky Way. The website is free to use, although a small yearly subscription will add more features. A mobile phone App is also available for $10.

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