The Closest the Moon Has Been to San Francisco in 15 Years

The full-ish moon above San Francisco is in perigee, so that means it looks very large. The moon was actually full yesterday, but overcast meant that you couldn’t see it all that well.

Tonight’s cold and clear-ish weather allowed moon-gazers on top of Twin Peaks a nice view.

See how big it is? Click to expand:

This was the view just after moonrise tonight, coming up behind the Oakland hills all yellow, due to the effect from the atmosphere:

Speaking of Oakland, this McDonnell Douglas MD-80 just took off from OAK. It’s shown flying out of the Sea of Clouds (Mare Nubium):

It’s like a giant flashlight above the City. Enjoy it while you can: 

When the Moon is a counterfeit/

Better find the one that fits/

Better find the one that lights the way for you

UPDATE: Comes now Ohad*, for the win, with his best effort out of 134 shots. (How can he afford all that film?)

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6 Responses to “The Closest the Moon Has Been to San Francisco in 15 Years”

  1. SlideSF says:

    Perhaps you mean perigee?

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Perhaps I did.

    I’m a doctor, Jim, not a spell checker!

  3. hubert says:

    i saw this moonrise as i was biking out past ATT, and had to stop to take a look! my camera is lousy but im glad you got a good shot

  4. sfcitizen says:

    thanks. it certainly seemed a bit different

  5. nick says:

    Wow! What kind of camera did you use?

  6. sfcitizen says:

    An aging Canon 1D Mark II mostly. thanks.