Moonrise in New Zealand

Chris Higgins
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At Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand, you can watch the moon rise. Now, thanks to NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day, you can watch the moon rise online. Photographer Mark Gee took video (realtime, not timelapse) of this event two days ago. He stationed himself a little over 2 kilometers away and used an extremely long lens (an effective focal length of 1300mm) in order to capture the silhouettes of people against the moon. The effect is stunning, partly because it's real -- this is not a manipulated image, it's just what you see through a lens at that distance.

So simple, so beautiful. Enjoy:

This is a terrific example of using a long lens on a camera to make the moon look huge; there's an unrelated phenomenon in which the moon just looks huge as it approaches the horizon. See Why Does the Moon Sometimes Look Huge? for more on that.

(Via Joe Hanson.)