Rachel Neiman
June 28, 2013

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

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