Supermoons aren’t uncommon in and of themselves, but the one that will be in Seattle’s sky tonight is a bit more rare because, as NASA puts it, “it’s the closest full moon to Earth since 1948. We won’t see another supermoon like this until 2034.”
True, you’ve already missed the moment when the moon was “biggest and brightest,” but then again you probably weren’t up at 3:22 a.m. this morning. But that’s okay, it’s still going to be very impressive Monday evening. Weather should be only partly cloudy as well, clearing the way for some great photos.
Instagram, Flickr, and Reddit are all awaiting your best shots of the moon coupled with the Seattle skyline or Mount Rainier. So consider heading to one of these spots for the best possible look at the moon in all her glory.
Cliche? Sure. But there’s a reason for that. It’s hard to find better spots in Seattle where you can get a shot of the supermoon along with the Space Needle, Downtown skyline, and Mount Rainier. It’s going to be crowded so bide your time, stake your spot, and make your photos count.
The alternative way to get a great shot of the supermoon over the Seattle Skyline would be to head to West Seattle for this old standby shot. Lots more room to spread out and you can track the moon as it makes it’s way from Smith Tower to the Space Needle.
Jose Rizal Bridge
This spot gives you the added bonus of getting light trails along I-5 (if you use long exposure). You can also get a cool shot above the stadiums as well as the skyline.
Gas Works Park
If you want to get the classic shot of Lake Union and the skyline with the supermoon overheard, stake out a spot here. You can try on top of the hill or you can even try to position yourself so you get some of the gas works in the shot as well. Depending on the time you might even be able to get the moon over Aurora Bridge as well.
For a focus on Mount Rainier, this could be a great spot to get that shot and avoid the crowds of Kerry Park. Depending on whether or not there’s a cruise ship parked here, you can go to the top of the Bell Street Cruise Terminal building for some height.