Super Moon 2013

Photographers all around Israel ventured out into the night this week to capture the night sky and the unusual perigee moon phenomenon.

The people of planet Earth experienced a supermoon this past week. Thanks to digital media and communications, 2013′s supermoon – known as the perigee when it is closest to earth – was documented as fully as the moon itself.

Shutterbugs everywhere, whether amateur or professional, ventured out into the night, and Israelis were no exception.

In Haifa, photographer Noam Chen snapped this beautiful shot of the moonrise over BAZAN, otherwise known as Oil Refineries Ltd. Those cooling towers never looked more romantic…

Down in at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, photographer and gallery owner Dani Machlis, took these dramatic shots of the University’s campus…

All around the country, photographers like Orna Naor went out to capture the night sky…

According to tour-guide Ira Machefsky, otherwise known as “The Starman of Mitzpe Ramon”, whose specialty is night sky viewings at the crater,  “This moon is considered a ‘Supermoon’ because it occurs at the moon’s perihelion, it’s closest approach to earth in its elliptical orbit. In fact it will be the closest approach for all of 2013.”

“Nevertheless, a full moon is always a lovely sight… especially if you have a beautiful setting like Makhtesh Ramon to watch it rise over.” 

Supermoon over Mitzpe Ramon. Image from Astronomy Israel

About Rachel Neiman

A veteran media professional who has lived in Israel since 1984, Rachel has been part of the ISRAEL21c organization since 2008. Prior to that, she served as managing editor of Globes Online, the English-language edition of Israel’s leading business daily, and before that, at The Jerusalem Post, as a business reporter, feature writer, and consumer columnist. Rachel began writing about Israeli technology companies at LINK Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine and is a professional Hebrew to English translator. In her spare time, she is an active member of the Havurat Tel Aviv congregation, and the Holyland Hash House Harriers, part of an international running and drinking disorganization.