Nope. It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s……Supermoon! Hahaha.
If you know me personally, then, you probably know how obsessed I am with heavenly bodies. I mean, It was a childhood dream of mine to be an astronaut and I’ve never outgrown it. Hahaha! Yes, I’m that weird 22-year old you’ll meet who thinks he’s still a 7-year old kid. But, aren’t we all kids deep down inside? (Weh, talaga ba?)
So, yeah. Apparently, November 14th was a historic day for humanity, especially for frustrated astronauts like me because it’s when the moon was at perigee (aka its closest point to the Earth). Because of this, the moon looked a lot bigger than usual from the earth; hence, ‘super’-moon. But that’s not even the fun part about this particular Nov.14th-supermoon: as it turns out, there are numerous supermoons within one lunar year; however, a supermoon like this (approximately 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual) is very rare. As a matter of fact, the last time it was this big was 68 years ago. And, the next time it’s going to be this big again will be in 2034. If you think of it, then it means that it was our grandparents and probably the World War veterans who last saw the moon this close to earth. And by the next time I’m gonna be seeing it, I will be 40 years old already. Mind-blowing!
Anyways, I was able to take some pictures of it here in Quezon Province (in the Philippines) few minutes before the clouds began to steal the scene. (Move over, cloud! You’re not even super-cloud. How dare you!)
“The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.”
-Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me