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Full Moon above St George

By: Anthony Ayiomamitis

 

Region: Europe

Site: Athens - Greece

Date: 2009 August 4

Our closest celestial neighbor has kept us company for at least four billion years and has entertained our imagination in a variety of ways. The TWAN photographer made this image as a follow-up to his other similar efforts involving the rising (full) moon near dusk and against well-known landmarks in Greece including archaeological grounds. Such an exercise requires careful planning and execution so that the azimuth and altitude of the rising moon match precisely with the foreground landmark of interest. Also important is the time during late afternoon that such an attempt is executed, for one requires balanced lighting between the foreground landmark and the bright rising (full) moon. Once all of these factors are available simultaneously with respect to lighting balance (full moon and landmark foreground) as well as azimuth and altitude, a result such as the one above involving the Church of Saint George atop Lycabettus Hill in Athens is realized. Lycabettus Hill ("Hill of the Wolves") is located at the center of Athens. It is approximately 280 meters high and is the highest of the seven hills which characterize the Greek capital. At the top of the hill, one will find the Church of Saint George and which is a very popular tourist attraction during summers for viewing the setting sun in the distance and as was the case below when the image was taken, for the setting sun had just set a few minutes earlier and most of the tourists visible in the image had set their sights on the rising moon in the opposite direction. The image was taken from a distance of 1380 meters and across the National Archaeological Museum of Athens so as to purposely match as closely as possible the apparent size (diameter) of the Church of Saint George and the rising 13-day old moon. Anthony Ayiomamitis/Perseus.gr

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