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Portrait of the Moon

Posted by
Aaron Schmidt (Auckland, New Zealand) on 18 October 2005 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Orbiting around the Earth every 27.322 days, the Moon affects the weather, animal behaviour, and is the reason we have tidal forces. The Moon is held in its orbit by the Earth's force of gravity but the Moon's gravity also affects the Earth, shifting our planet ever so slightly towards its current position.

Taken last Friday night from here in New Zealand, this picture shows what the Moon appears like to those of us in the Southern Hemisphere. For the Northern Hemisphere version, see Jason's excellent photo of the Total Lunar Eclipse.

Canon EOS REBEL 1/400 second F/4.0 ISO 100 200 mm