Supermoon 2013 Tips: How, Where to Take June 23 Full Moon Photos in Australia; See Some of Flickr's Best [PHOTOS]

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The term "supermoon" originated from astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979. Many "horoscope" followers tend to believe the moon gains some special powers during its closest approach to Earth, so the term had caught on. Scientists, however, call this cosmic occasion "perigree." When perigree occurs on a full moon, the event is called "perigee-syzygy." How can photography hobbyists and aspiring astrophotographers take advantage of the perigee-syzygy aka supermoon? Here are a few tips. 

What is commonly known as supermoon is called "perigee-syzygy." It's a special sky show for stargazers, even as the stars would be less bright this night. When the moon's orbit brings it closest to Earth, "the moon can appear up to 30 percent brighter and 14 percent bigger to skywatchers," reports

For a visual understanding, here's an image prepared by with information from NASA.

 Learn what makes a big full moon a true 'supermoon' in this infographic.
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Supermoon 2013: How to Take Breathtaking Photos

1. Location, location, location. Higher ground, better view. Get a shot of the eastern horizon from an elevated position. Taking pictures by the beach is also cool. Maidenwell astronomer James Barclay recommended Mackay Harbour as a great astrophotography location for Supermoon 2013. "If you've got clear views to the east, along the harbour, you'll get great photos of it coming up over the water," he told Daily Mercury.

"This larger view is just the moon being magnified by the atmosphere which contains water vapour particles which tends to give this illusion," he explained.

2. Buildings, trees, structures. For size contrast effect, take a picture of the supermoon with some distant structures in the foreground. The images will make a poet out of you, if you aren't one already. See Lito Lampitoc's photo in the slideshow.

3. Have a tripod ready. You may have steely hands that don't shake during crucial photo snapping moments, but nothing beats a stable tripod in keeping the camera lens stable for the supermoon.

4. Less light, less mistakes. No light, no thrill. Learn to adjust your aperture and shutter speed settings. See Toby Gant's photo in the slideshow. He shared with IB Times his camera settings for his stunning supermoon image.

5. Arrive early. The minute the supermoon becomes visible from the horizon, you better be there to snap away. You don't have to take a thousand shots, just a few carefully planned takes are good for quality results.

6. Compose it. If your single frame composition does not work for you, compose your supermoon photos. Composites can yield dramatic results if you know what you're doing. See Albert Low's photo in the slideshow. Darwin Fan of Boise, Idaho, USA also has a good supermoon composite example in the slideshow.

Start the slideshow to see some of the best samples on Flickr. Some generous photographers shared with International Business Times their own supermoon photos from previous years.

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