|Mini-Moon, Huge All-Sky Shadow
Tom Faber imaged this cloud shadow crossing the sky near Roswell, Georgia, USA. Images ©Tom Faber, shown with permission.
|We hear much of 'super-moons' when the moon is largest in the sky at its orbit perigee. But our companion 2160 mile diameter ball of stone is in reality always a diminutive object in the sky. Here it is dwarfed by a cloud shadow/anticrepuscular ray plunging downwards toward the antisolar point. The lunar phase, a few days past first quarter, confirms that the viewing direction is away from the sun. The sunward view below shows the shadow emanating from towering cumulus estimated from satellite and radar images to be ~48km distant..