It’s always there in the night sky, acting the part of a distant spectator as its light carelessly streams through our windows. It controls the tides and has inspired countless musings by Aristotle and the like. It was the prop during the Cold War space race when Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on its surface and uttered the immortal phrase, “that’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind”. This natural satellite has even inspired a dance move perfected and immortalized by the one and only Michael Jackson. Its fullness is supposedly responsible for shape-shifting and lunacy in susceptible victims. The moon is shrouded in mystery and serves as a backdrop for significant moments in human history, yet its presence is not always acknowledged.
Filmed with a super-photo lens on top of Mount Victoria in Wellington, New Zealand, photographer Mark Gee captured the unreal rising of the moon. Some skeptics think the video is fake because the moon is so large and the video appears to be sped up, but Gee assures us that it is very real. The super telephoto lens acts as a pair of binoculars; being a couple kilometers away from the moon for the filming didn’t hurt either.