Staircase to super moon looms large

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North Westerners are in for a treat next week with the last staircase to the moon of the year coinciding with the biggest supermoon in nearly 70 years.

The supermoon will be at its biggest on Monday night and the final two staircases of 2016 will take place the next two nights from 7.21pm and 8.25pm respectively.

St Paul’s Primary School science teacher Jacob Windle will be hosting a viewing station with his telescope at Hearson Cove for kids and adults to get a better glimpse at the rare event from 6.30pm

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said.

“When you look at a full moon like this and zoom right up to it you feel like you could see an astronaut.”

Mr Windle said anyone was welcome to come out to get a closer look, and encouraged others to bring their telescopes and binoculars too.

For the keen photographers out there, Look Left Photography’s Hecto Powles said the most important piece of equipment was a tripod, though resting your camera on a flat surface would do.

“If you have a DSLR with interchangeable lens, a 300mm lens will get you a clear shot of the moon,” he said.

“For a shot of the staircase, a wider angle will give a view of the landscape.

“So you are set up ready to take your picture and the moon appears on the horizon, take a few shots and play with your settings to get yourself a unique shot.”

Mr Powles suggested using the app Photopills to help judge where the moon would rise from.

Ngurrangga Tours owner Clinton Walker said the full moon held significance among indigenous people for traditional night hunting. He said there was rock art depicting kangaroos under the moon light in the region.

The moon will not appear this big again until November 2034.

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