The full moon rose Monday, Aug. 3. Glowing bright red and orange upon rising, the moon shone through smoke in the atmosphere to provide a colorful start to its full phase.
Local photographer Adrian Campos captured images of the lunar surface as it rose in the eastern sky.
The full moon occurs when it is exactly on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun. The moon is full about every 29.5 days, which is just slightly longer than its orbital period. As the Earth moves around the sun and by the time the moon gets to the same place it was in its last pass, the Earth isn’t directly between the moon and sun anymore.
Clear, yet somewhat smokey skies to the east provided great, color-infused views as the moon made its way across the heavens toward the west.
The next full moon is expected Tuesday, Oct. 1.
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