Arrabida Vernal Equinox

By: Miguel Claro


Portinho da Arrabida, Portugal

2011 March 20


From the photographer: "This image was made during the Vernal Equinox on March 20, 2011. While the Pleiades, Orion and Sirius were setting behind Portugal's Arrabida mountain range, the biggest (perigee) moon of the last 18 years was moving across the sky, illuminating the scene below and making a slow motion movement in the rock shadows on the sand. The Moon was also drawing the water from the Atlantic Ocean. We could see many stars like Sirius, Pleiades, Orion, Capella, Procyon, Castor and Pollux.

I also made a time-lapse video. Due to gravity is noticeable the incoming tide at the end of the video, that was made between 21h30 and 01h00. This is a trailer from the 'Arrabida Nightscape Project', by Miguel Claro and Emanuel Magessi. A special thanks to local assistant, Paulo Lourenšo." - Miguel Claro

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