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Moonset over Ballina

There was a most beautiful Moonset over Ballina this frosty, mid-winter morning, as the clear sky and the rising sun creeping above the horizon played their parts in creating a beautiful scene that could be viewed from many vantage points.

In our rushed daily lives, we rarely get the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the natural world such as today’s celestial event in the Western sky over Ballina. Here are a few photos of the Ballina Moonset which I hope you enjoy.

The Moonset over Ballina Arts Centre was particularly beautiful, opposite the rising sun, which lit up the chimneys of the nearby houses in Molloy Terrace; its bright reflection striking the air conditioning unit on the roof of the arts centre signalling the transition from night to day.

Today, December 16th, 2016, the Moon was 91 % illuminated in a Waning Gibbous Phase. The full moon was on on December 14th, Tuesday night. If we have clear skies in late December the Moon will be seen most days – but there is nothing to beat the beauty of the Full Moon when it’s rising and setting near the horizon.

For those of us who enjoy photographing the Moon, it has been a very disappointing Autumn and Winter so far with cloud cover the spoiler most nights including blocking out the mid-October Super Moon in North Mayo.

The earth's atmosphere casuses the Moon to look a lovely honey colour as it sets over Ballina on Friday, December 16, 2016. Photo: Anthony Hickey
The earth’s atmosphere causes the Moon to look a lovely honey colour as it sets over Ballina on Friday, December 16, 2016. Photo: Anthony Hickey
The craters of the Moon are clearly visible in this Moonset over Ballina, Friday, December 16, 2016. Photo: Anthony Hickey
The craters of the Moon are clearly visible in this Moonset over Ballina, Friday, December 16, 2016. Photo: Anthony Hickey

By Anthony Hickey

Follow writer and photographer, Anthony Hickey, as he travels around his native Co. Mayo, Ireland.