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Supermoon Behind the Soyuz Rocket, NASA Photographer Took Stunning Image

Nov 16, 2016 04:35 AM EST
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Senior NASA photographer Bill Ingalls produced stunning images of the supermoon from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan using a Soyuz rocket as a point of reference.
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NASA has its contribution to the most stunning and iconic supermoon photographs that is flooding the Internet after the largest supermoon in 70 years showed up last Nov. 14.

In the photo released by NASA, the supermoon was pictured behind the Soyuz rocket in Kazakhstan. The rising supermoon appeared orange-y in color due to its increased brightness estimated to be 30 percent more than its usual luminance.

NASA's senior photographer Bill Ingalls took the image in Baikonur Cosmodrome launch pad in Kazakhstan that is nothing short of stunning. Before the supermoon phenomena, Ingalls shared his professional tips on how to photograph the beaver moon.

"Don't make the mistake of photographing the moon by itself with no reference to anything," NASA senior photographer Bill Ingalls said in a statement. "I've certainly done it myself, but everyone will get that shot. Instead, think of how to make the image creative that means tying it into some land-based object. It can be a local landmark or anything to give your photo a sense of place," Ingalls added.

Being a senior NASA photographer, a lot of professionals and hobbyist looked up to Ingalls and are actually anticipating the supermoon image Ingalls will produce. And true to the tip he shared, Ingalls chose a very interesting point of reference. It may not be a popular monument, but a beacon of space exploration, a Soyuz rocket that is actually bound to the International Space Station (ISS) a few days after the supermoon phenomena occurred.

"NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos, and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station at 3:20 p.m. EST, Nov. 17," a NASA official said in a statement.

The three astronauts aboard the now more popular Soyuz rocket (thanks to Ingalls and his iconic photograph of the supermoon) will spend about six months inside the ISS. Ingalls' photographic skills gave birth to more iconic images used by NASA in its projects, including the most recent 'stupendous' shot of the supermoon, according to CNET.


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