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Rare “Honey Moon” Setting over Switzerland on Friday the 13th

I got a rare shot of the “Honey Moon” setting over Switzerland on Friday the 13th.

It’s not technically perfect, as I was handholding a 300mm lens with 2x teleconverter.  There is also some atmospheric distortion.

The soon-rising sun helped colour the sky and the low clouds added atmosphere.

According to the Washington Post:

A full moon falling on Friday the 13th – in any month – is a rare event. It last occurred about 14 years ago on October 13, 2000.  The next full moon on a Friday the 13th? Not until August 13, 2049.

National Geographic explains the effect best:

The amber colors are due to the scattering of longer wavelengths of light by dust and pollution in our atmosphere. “It is a similar phenomenon as seen at sunset, when sunlight is scattered towards the red end of the spectrum, making the sun’s disk appear orange-red to the naked-eye,” says astronomer Raminder Singh Samra

Due to the parabolic shape of the moon’s orbit, it is also exceptionally close this time.

Two minutes later, it was gone.

Honey Moon setting

Update!
I’m the luckiest fellow in the world. Not only was I able to capture the setting “honey moon” but also the rising moon in the evening with great colour and clouds.

Rising in the Evening of Friday the 13th