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Stunning new photos of a glowing red Supermoon rising behind Madrid's Four Towers skyscrapers


As the 'summer of Supermoons' marches on, a new series of breathtaking images depicting the lunar phenomenon has emerged. The above photos were snapped by a pair of news photographers, Daniel Ochoa de Olza of the Associated Press and Getty's Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno, and they show a smoldering red moon as it rises over Madrid's famed Four Towers.

The Cuatro Torres Business Area, as its known locally, features Spain's tallest buildings and the towers provide a dramatic foreground for the unusually large-looking moon. In one particularly well-timed photo, the moon appears to sit on the Torre Bankia skyscraper like a golf ball on a tee.

Technically, these photos don't depict an actual Supermoon as the full perigee moon occurred the evening before these images were captured. The moon seen in these photos was actually a waning gibbous, according to Lunaf.com. But for the purposes of beholding amazing photography, they might be the most super of all Supermoon photos yet this summer.

And there's certainly been no shortage of Supermoon pics lately. On Monday, amateur photographer Sebastien Lebrigand, who lives in a suburb of Paris, talked with AOL.com about how he was able to nab some incredible shots of airliners flying in front of the Supermoon.

And news photographers around the world trained their lenses on the celestial body over the weekend resulting in a flurry of wonderful shots. The moon appeared 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than normal, the brightest it's appeared and closest it's come to Earth in 20 years, according to CBS San Francisco. The rare occasion brought out the casual photographers as well, many of whom snapped away and sent photos in to The Huffington Post.

There's one last Supermoon left this calendar year: September 9th. Here's a handy tool that will help identify when and where the moon will rise where you live, so you can plan accordingly and snag some cool shots of the moon for your Instagram feeds and Facebook pages.

Lunar Calendar 2014
Next Solar Eclipse
Spanish Travel Destinations
Best Photos of the Supermoon
Photography Websites
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MICHAEL August 13 2014 at 10:59 AM

lol, that moon over madrid must have had the christians in a complete panic. would have been hillarious to watch.

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dan_crabtree August 13 2014 at 2:03 PM

blood red moon implies we are in the last days...I for one am ready..sadly millions of liberal democrats are not.as they are there only gods..

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LL August 13 2014 at 6:51 PM

The moon's light is the reflection of the sun, and Biblically-speaking, a allegorical reflection of Satan, as the "lesser light", that tries imitating the Light of God, (that's to be released for a season near the end of time) - so may this Super-Moon be the Grand Finale of the moon's light, as a sign that the devil's final stand is now over - so that humanity may be given a brief repreive from all of the insanity and woe, until Christ returns!

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laclone August 13 2014 at 2:43 PM

Not real, people!

This series of photo's are sooo Photoshoped!
And very badly done at that.

Daniel Ochoa de Olza, of the Associated Press, and Getty's Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno, are outright lying sob's if they claim this is a real photo, and should press charges against AOL for using their names in whoever wrote this article, and AOL itself should be sued for presenting a fabrication to the public as the truth.

PLEASE! Contact your local Astronomy Club for the truth.

Anybody who believes this photo series is real is just too stupid to be salvaged.

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mygeekman laclone August 13 2014 at 4:23 PM

Agreed. Professional news photographers shouldn't be posting photoshopped images without disclosing that the photos are manipulated. In this case, they've probably taken bloodmoon images made during the last lunar eclipse back in April (you can tell they're eclipse photos because the moon is brighter at the top in some of the shots, plus the color is the same shade of red and the same amount of light as we saw during the eclipse), and dropped them into a photo of the Four Towers, and boosted the scale of the moon relative to the towers.

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amlngn laclone August 14 2014 at 3:29 AM

the moon is simply way to big to be beleivable, i agree.

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onionson August 13 2014 at 1:39 PM

I think he enhanced the red using a program like Photoshop. The moon is behind the buildings and the way the light reflects off other surfaces does not make sense even with a setting sun behind him. Still, great photos.

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Doctor Michael onionson August 13 2014 at 3:45 PM

Why are the lunar craters so out of focus if the shot was of the moon, would that not be the focus as well?

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cinamon200 onionson August 13 2014 at 8:51 PM

I was wondering the same thing. I think the photo is amazing but has it been digitally altered...

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rldarch August 13 2014 at 12:02 PM

A telephoto lens and a tripod can do wonders.

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laclone rldarch August 13 2014 at 2:44 PM

So can Photoshop. This is sooo fake.

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mielkele August 13 2014 at 11:30 AM


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laclone mielkele August 13 2014 at 2:45 PM

Amazing what Photoshop can do!

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halt1025 August 13 2014 at 2:26 PM

Michelle 2016

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Kim August 13 2014 at 2:32 PM

don't mean to sound dumb but how come when I look at the moon its white not red

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laclone Kim August 13 2014 at 3:09 PM

Just like a beam of light through a prism, visible light from a star, or anything in space, as it rises above the horizon, travels through much more of earth's atmosphere to reach our eyes than the light from things overhead, and is shifted more towards the red end of the spectrum in the process.
Pollution, Volcanic dust, and other such crap in the atmosphere can increase this 'Red-Shift' at times.

The red is these photos are Photoshoped, along with the size of the moon.

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