DTN seeks 'supermoon' photos
by Staff Report
Jun 22, 2013 | 1544 views | 0 0 comments | 92 92 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With this year’s “supermoon” occurring this weekend, The Daily Tribune News wants to capture the event — through reader photos.

In conjunction with the biggest and brightest full moon of the year, the DTN asks readers to submit their photo of the celestial event. The top 10 photos will be printed, with the top selection being printed on the front page. The winner also will receive a three-month subscription to the newspaper and a $10 gift certificate to The Gate, a coffee shop located on North Tennessee Street in Cartersville.

Submissions may be emailed to news@daily-tribune.com, and mailed to or dropped off at 251 S. Tennessee St., Cartersville, GA 30120. All entries must be received by Wednesday, June 26. Entries must include a name and contact information.

Arriving Sunday, the moon will appear 14 percent larger than normal as it makes its closest pass to Earth. Skywatchers won’t be able to notice the difference with the naked eye. Still, astronomers say it’s worth looking up and appreciating the cosmos.

Some viewers may think the supermoon looks more dazzling but it’s actually an optical illusion. The moon looms larger on the horizon next to trees and buildings. The moon will come within 222,000 miles of Earth and turn full around 7:30 a.m. EDT, making it the best time to view.

As in any supermoon event, high tides are forecast because of the moon’s proximity, but the effect is expected to be small.