Watch a 737 Fly Past Last Night’s Supermoon in New York City

Nov 14, 2016

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I’ve seen some incredible photos of last night’s Supermoon, but none as perfect as this shot I spotted on Twitter today:

NYC-based photographer Robert Caplin captured this photo from Central Park last night, just as WestJet Flight 1213 (a 737-600) flew past the Supermoon over the Upper East Side. Caplin was kind enough to provide us with the above GIF, which, in my opinion, is even more impressive than the static shot. Presumably he captured this using his camera’s continuous shooting mode.

Caplin explains the shoot below — and you can read all about it at The Photo Brigade (including details like shooting location and how he tracked the WestJet flight):

It’s not often I go out and shoot the moon, but the opportunity presented itself when Stan Honda, an amazing astrophotographer and friend, sent me an email that he’d be near my neighborhood in Central Park shooting the Supermoon himself, inviting me along. Fortunately I was borrowing my friend’s Canon 100-400 zoom for a separate shoot earlier last week, so I had really no excuse not to try and make the picture of the closest Supermoon since the 1940s! I used the lens with a 1.4X teleconverter on a Canon 5DIII, making the focal length a total of 560mm at F8. Shutter speed was 1/100th of a second at ISO 400.

The “Supermoon” takes place when the moon is at its closest point to the Earth, making it appear relatively gigantic, even to the naked eye. The event began last night and will continue through Tuesday evening, so you should have a chance to capture something similar tonight or tomorrow. After that, we won’t see another Supermoon until November 25, 2034, so get those cameras ready!

Share your AvGeek Supermoon shots in the comments below!

Photo credit: @robertcaplin and @photobrigade

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