Photographer Clayton Curmi took the opportunity of the rare occurrence of the super blue moon to capture a stunning image of Earth’s natural satellite as it shone in the night sky.
Speaking to MaltaDaily, Clayton explained how despite ‘cloudy skies threatening to obscure the event, I persisted. Armed with weather updates and unwavering determination, I seized the moment when the clouds parted briefly around 00:30 hours.’
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‘The final image is composed by stacking individual frames in AutoStakkert from a video sequence 40 seconds long @ 25 frames/second and processed in Photoshop for contrast and sharpening.’
‘The occurrence of a Blue Moon coinciding with a Supermoon is considerably more infrequent than the appearance of either a Supermoon or a Blue Moon by itself. Although a Super Blue Moon could potentially manifest twice within a single month, there are instances where they remain separated by intervals spanning up to 20 years.’
‘The term “Blue Moon” refers to the second full moon in a month, a rarity that hints at the moon’s mystique. A Supermoon, on the other hand, occurs when the moon approaches Earth closely during its full phase, creating a larger and more luminous appearance.’