“Supermoon Over Bosque del Apache Grackles”

The Supermoon of November 2016 rises over the fall color and Great-Tailed Grackles at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico

The Story …

November in the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico is a busy time of year. Thousands of migratory birds flock there and spend their winters. Vibrant colors of the autumn foliage, stunning New Mexico sunrises and sunsets, and abundant wildlife attract nature photographers from around the world to the “Bosque”.

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The Science…

The “supermoon” of November 2016 that we photographed was the closest moon to earth since January 1948. It will not be as close until November 2034. The term “supermoon” is relatively new for the perigee full moon.

When the moon is closest to the earth in its elliptical orbit around the earth (i.e., at perigee) and full, then it is a perigee full moon, or now more commonly a supermoon. A supermoon appears slightly larger and brighter than a regular full moon.

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