Supermoon and Pink Sky: Full Moon Rises Against ‘Belt of Venus’

January 20, 2018 - Supermoon

Miguel Claro is a Lisbon, Portugal-based veteran photographer, author and scholarship communicator who creates fantastic images of a night sky. As a European Southern Observatory print ambassador, a member of a general astrophotography plan The World At Night and a central astrophotographer of a Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve, he specializes in astronomical “skyscapes” that bond Earth and a night sky. Join him here as he takes us by his sketch “Super Full Cold Moon Rising Above Lake Alqueva in Monsaraz.” 

A scarcely full “supermoon” rises above a pinkish rope in a sky famous as a “Belt of Venus” in this print prisoner above Lake Alqueva in a Portuguese encampment of Monsaraz.

A group of birds flies in front of a Belt of Venus over a encampment of Monsaraz in Portual's Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve in this print prisoner by astrophotographer Miguel Claro.
Credit: Miguel Claro

Also famous as a anti-twilight arch, this materialisation is manifest shortly after nightfall above a eastern horizon. It is caused by tinged object pinch off of particles in a top atmosphere, a routine famous as Rayleigh scattering. The tinged rays mix with blue and violet light to give a flushed pinkish band. 

This picture was prisoner on Dec. 2, 2017, one day before a “Full Cold Supermoon” reached a peak, with a face entirely bright by sunlight. Though it appears full in a photo, a moon’s face was usually 98 percent bright during a time. This was a initial (and last) “supermoon” of 2017. [Supermoon 2017! Amazing Full Cold Moon Photos by Stargazers]

Supermoons occur when a moon becomes full around a same time that it reaches perigee, or a indicate in a circuit during that it is closest to Earth. This creates a moon seem somewhat incomparable and brighter than usual. 

To see some-more of Claro’s extraordinary astrophotography, revisit his website: Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook and Google+. Original essay on

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