Supermoon over Istanbul

Date:15 November 2016 Author: Nikky Knijf Tags:, , , ,

Last week Earth saw it’s largest supermoon in almost eight decades. At the time the full moon was 14 per cent closer and 30 per cent larger than at any other time. The moon will again be this close to Earth on 25 November 2034 – in almost two decades’ time.

To photograph the moon, hundreds of thousands of people from across the globe took to the streets last night. One of them was photography enthusiast Ahmet Kizilhan from Turkey. Kizilhan captured the incredible photograph above which shows the moon peeking out from behind the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.

If you’ve never heard of the Blue Mosque, here’s some info: The Blue Mosque, known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, opened in 1616 – seven years after the construction started. The mosque was commissioned by Sultan Ahmed I following an unfavourable war with Persia. It is believed the mosque was built in an effort to reassert Ottoman power.

Today the Blue Mosque is one of the most popular attractions in Istanbul. The mosque is open to the public every day, but closes five times per day for prayers.

 

Image credit: Ahmet Kizilhan

Source: Popular Mechanics USA via Anadolugram