SuperMoon that went viral

Ahooy!

We don’t usually believe in horoscopes, but 2014 is a very strange year. The Year of the Horse in Chinese astrology has been anything but boring – from Olympics in Sochi, unrest in the Middle East, Palestine-Israeli conflict to ebola outbreak in Africa – for the last ten months, we have been sitting on edge, hanging onto our seats and trying not to fall off.

A lot has been happening on Earth and even more has happened around us, in the universe. This past summer has been truly extraordinary for the stargazers. With three super moons in a row (July 12th, August 10th, and Sept. 9th) and  Perseids Meteor Shower (12 and 13 of August) this astronomical year will be a year to remember.

You don’t have to be a NASA member, or a proud owner of a big telescope to enjoy some spectacular views. All you need is a good lens and a Canon camera. Promise, a few skilled shots and your vision of the Moon may  go viral.

Malta seems to be the new Internet hot spot. Whatever happens on the island is quickly photographed, described, shared and is taking the Internet community by storm. Just few days ago, we have posted a big selection of screens from Gostra competition that went viral for the second time in just 11 months. Today, we want to show you the pictures of three super moons taken by Darrin Zammit Lupi. We don’t know how to explain this phenomenon, but Darrin’s shots of Maltese sky were described as the most striking and were published in every respectable magazine. Do you know that some photographers have to wait years to be considered for a double spread in Time Magazine? Darrin didn’t have to wait even half  a day! Time Magazine’s editors decided to print the pictures straight away upon seeing them – it is a huge and once-in-a-supermoon honor.

Previous pictures that went viral:
Gostra 2013: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/when-a-photo-goes-viral/
Gostra 2014: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/when-the-picture-goes-viral-again-gostra-competition-2014

We wanted to include all websites that mentioned Darrin’s photographs, but  there are thousands articles out there! Please take a look at the most prestigious media that once again helped our little but beautiful island to  become a center of attention. Have fun!

Super Moon entire gallery was published at Photoshelter – Darrin Zammit Lupi 18th of August 2014:
http://darrinzammitlupi.photoshelter.com/gallery/Supermoon-and-Fireworks/G0000HpFtOFuCZjk

Darrin Zammit Lupi Photoshelter-Supermoon and Fireworks 18th of August 2014

Darrin Zammit Lupi Photoshelter-Supermoon and Fireworks 18th of August 2014

Reuters Story Shooting the Supermoon:
http://widerimage.reuters.com/story/shooting-the-supermoon

Reuters Wide image - Shooting the SuperMoon

Reuters Wide image – Shooting the SuperMoon 18th of August 2014

Reuters Full Focus: August 15th 2014:
http://blogs.reuters.com/fullfocus/2014/08/15/editors-choice-53/#a=13

Reuters Full focus 15th of August 2014

Reuters Full Focus 15th of August 2014

Reuters Pictures of the Week:
http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?articleId=USRTR42K2V#a=13

euters-com-news-pictures-slideshow 17th of August 2014

Reuters Pictures of the Week  17th of August 2014

Reuters Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Reuters/photos/a.363265930360436.87264.114050161948682/795626700457688/?type=1&relevant_count=1

Reuters Facebook 11th of August 2014

Reuters Facebook 11th of August 2014

Reuters on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/498838253739708416/photo/1

Reuters on Twitter, 11th of August 2014

Reuters on Twitter, 11th of August 2014

Times of Malta- Photos of the Week:
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140816/pictures/photos-of-the-week-times-of-malta.531839

The Times of Malta - Pictures of the week 16th of August 2014

The Times of Malta – Pictures of the week 16th of August 2014

Times of Malta – A moon with a view:
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140812/pictures/A-moon-with-a-view.531527

Times of Malta  - A Moon with a view 12th of August 2014

Times of Malta – A Moon with a view 12th of August 2014

Herman Grech on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Earthling70/status/500947864760369152

Herman Grech Times of Malta President on Twitter 17th of August 2014

Herman Grech Times of Malta President on Twitter 17th of August 2014

Time Magazine (picture number 10):
http://time.com/3099968/supermoon-astronomy-earth/

The Time Magazine 11th of August 2014

The Time Magazine online 11th of August 2014

The Time Magazine spread - printed version

The Time Magazine spread – printed version

Wall Street Journal (pictures 6 and 12):
http://online.wsj.com/articles/photos-a-super-moon-rises-1407709530

The Wall Street Journal picture 6  11th of August 2014

The Wall Street Journal picture 6 11th of August 2014

The Wall Street Journal picture 12, 11th of August 2014

The Wall Street Journal picture 12, 11th of August 2014

The Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2014/aug/10/supermoon-skies-perigee-around-the-world-in-pictures?CMP=fb_gu

The Guardian - Supermoon lights up the skiesaround the world in pictures 10th of August 2014

The Guardian – Supermoon lights up the skiesaround the world in pictures 10th of August 2014

And another article from the Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/11/in-praise-of-supermoons

The Guardian - In praise of ... supermoons 11th of August 2014

The Guardian – In praise of … supermoons 11th of August 2014

Telegraph (pictures 19, 20, 21):
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/picture-galleries/11025235/Supermoon-Photos-from-around-the-world-of-the-full-moon.html?frame=3002210

The Telegraph  - Photos from around the world of the full moon 11th of August 2014

The Telegraph – Photos from around the world of the full moon 11th of August 2014

The Telegraph  - Photos from around the world of the full moon 11th of August 2014 page 2

The Telegraph – Photos from around the world of the full moon 11th of August 2014 page 2

The Telegraph - close up 1

The Telegraph – close up 1

The Telegraph close up 2

The Telegraph close up 2

The Daily Mail:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2721605/Once-supermoon-Skies-world-lit-night-largest-moon-20-years-reached-closest-point-orbit-Earth.html

The Daily Mail  - Once in a supermoon 11th of August 2014

The Daily Mail – Once in a supermoon 11th of August 2014

Newsweek Technology:
http://www.newsweek.com/quora-question-who-controls-real-estate-moon-and-other-planets-271630

Newsweek Technology - Quora Question: Who Controls Real Estate on the Moon and Other Planets? 21st of September 2014

Newsweek Technology – Quora Question: Who Controls Real Estate on the Moon and Other Planets? 21st of September 2014

Sky News (picture 5 and 9):
http://news.sky.com/story/1316230/supermoon-lights-up-sky-in-stunning-space-pics

Sky News  - Supermoon Lights Up Sky In Stunning Space Pics 10th of August 2014

Sky News – Supermoon Lights Up Sky In Stunning Space Pics 10th of August 2014

BBC News (video slide at 0:50):
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28748915

BBC News 11th of August 2014

BBC News 11th of August 2014

BBC News close up 1

BBC News close up 1

BBC News close up 2

BBC News close up 2

NBC News:

NBC News - Summer's Biggest, Brightest Supermoon Lights Up the Night , 11th of August 2014

NBC News – Summer’s Biggest, Brightest Supermoon Lights Up the Night , 11th of August 2014

NBC News Science:
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/month-space-see-supermoon-other-super-sights-n192001

NBC Science - Super moon and other super sighs 31st of August 2014

NBC Science – Super moon and other super sighs 31st of August 2014

NBC News Pictures on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/NBCNewsPictures/status/506049752228962304/photo/1

NBCNews on Twitter - 31st of August 2014

NBCNews on Twitter – 31st of August 2014

ITV News 9th of September:
http://www.itv.com/news/2014-09-10/from-heathrow-to-istanbul-supermoon-lights-up-the-night-sky/

ITV News 10th of September 2014

ITV News 10th of September 2014

CBS News (picture 12):
http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/august-supermoon-wows/12/

CBS News  - Supermoon lights up the night sky 10th of August 2014

CBS News – Supermoon lights up the night sky 10th of August 2014

ABC News:
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/spectacular-photos-supermoon/story?id=24926198

ABC News 11th of August 2014

ABC News 11th of August 2014

Al Jazeera (picture 10, 18, 23, 26, 27):
http://aljazeera.com.galleries.newscred.com/gallery_slideshow/950fae7869237f3e7bc1cf0c59b4dfdf?width=1025&disable_link_to_hosted_page=1&height=771&show_related=0&style_id=1305214650909

Al Jazeera News published 11th of August 2014 picture 10

Al Jazeera News published 11th of August 2014 picture 10

Al Jazeera News picture 18

Al Jazeera News picture 18

Al Jazeera News picture 23

Al Jazeera News picture 23

Al Jazeera News picture 26

Al Jazeera News picture 26

Al Jazeera News picture 27

Al Jazeera News picture 27

Arab News (via Facebook page):
https://www.facebook.com/TheArabNews/photos/a.10152672611302125.1073742028.10250877124/10152672614577125/?type=1

Arab news via Facebook 11th of August 2014

Arab news via Facebook 11th of August 2014

International Business Times:
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/supermoon-best-photos-around-world-space-station-1460636

International Business Times - Supermoon: The Best Photos from Around the World - and the Space Station 11th of August 2014

International Business Times – Supermoon: The Best Photos from Around the World – and the Space Station 11th of August 2014

Metro (three pictures):
http://metro.co.uk/2014/08/10/gallery-supermoon-pictures-from-around-the-world-4827372/

Metro UK - Gallery: Supermoon pictures from around the world 10th of August 2014

Metro UK – Gallery: Supermoon pictures from around the world 10th of August 2014

Metro picture 1

Metro picture 1

Metro picture 2

Metro picture 2

Metro picture 3

Metro picture 3

Irish Times (two images):
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/views-of-the-supermoon-1.1893557

Irish Times - Views of the supermoon 11th of August 2014

Irish Times – Views of the supermoon 11th of August 2014

The Irish Times picture 2

The Irish Times picture 2

Go Metro Ireland:
http://gometro.ie/2014/08/the-supermoon-in-pictures-around-the-world/

Go Metro Ireland - The supermoon in pictures, around the world 11th of  August 2014

Go Metro Ireland – The supermoon in pictures, around the world 11th of August 2014

The Globe and Mail (picture 11):
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/multimedia/camera-club/in-photos/the-best-images-from-the-past-24-hours/article19983781/

The Globe and Mail - The best images from 10th of August 2014

The Globe and Mail – The best images from 10th of August 2014

Paris Match (pictures 1,2,3,6,13):
http://www.parismatch.com/Actu/Environnement-et-sciences/En-images/La-super-Lune-illumine-la-planete-579649#

Paris Match  - La

Paris Match – La “super Lune” illumine la planète 11th August 2014

El Periodico Spain:
http://www.elperiodico.com/es/galerias/sociedad/asi-visto-superluna-mundo/73771.shtml?12#

El Periodico - Así se ha visto la superluna en el mundo 11th of August 2014

El Periodico – Así se ha visto la superluna en el mundo 11th of August 2014

Metro Gazeta Wyborcza Poland (pictures 2,3 and 4):
http://metro.gazeta.pl/Lifestyle/5,135320,16458926,Wyjatkowy_Superksiezyc__To_wlasnie_teraz_jest_najblizszy.html?i=1

Metro Gazeta Wyborcza Poland - Wyjątkowy Superksiężyc. To właśnie teraz jest najbliższy Ziemi, największy i najpiękniejszy 11 August 2014

Metro Gazeta Wyborcza Poland – Wyjątkowy Superksiężyc. To właśnie teraz jest najbliższy Ziemi, największy i najpiękniejszy 11 August 2014

RT News Russia:
http://rt.com/news/186332-red-harvest-supermoon-september/

RT News  - Red Harvest Supermoon 9th of september

RT News – Red Harvest Supermoon 9th of september

Buzzfeed (pix 23):
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/stunning-pictures-of-the-supermoon-from-around-the-world?bffb

BuzzFeed - 24 Mesmerizing Pictures Of The Supermoon From Around The World 11th of August 2014

BuzzFeed – 24 Mesmerizing Pictures Of The Supermoon From Around The World 11th of August 2014

Totally Cool Pix (pictures 10, 24, 25, 26):
http://totallycoolpix.com/2014/08/an-awesome-supermoon/

Totally Cool Pix 11th of August 2014

Totally Cool Pix 11th of August 2014

The Atlantic:
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2014/08/supermoon-2014/100791/

The Atlantic - In Focus  SuperMoon  - 11th of august 2014

The Atlantic – In Focus SuperMoon – 11th of August 2014

The Atlantic Close Up

The Atlantic Close Up

Red Eye Chicago:
http://photos.redeyechicago.com/chi-supermoon-around-the-world-photos-20140810/

Redeye Chicago Supermoon around the world photos 10th of August 2014

Redeye Chicago Supermoon around the world photos 10th of August 2014

Chicago Tribune:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-supermoon-valletta-wre0021049571-20140908-photo.html

Chicago Tribune - Supermoon in Malta 9th of September 2014

Chicago Tribune – Supermoon in Malta 9th of September 2014

Boston News 11th of August 2014:
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2014/08/supermoon_photographs_from_around_the_world.html

Boston.com - The Big Picture: Supermoon photographs from round the world 11th August 2014

Boston.com – The Big Picture: Supermoon photographs from round the world 11th August 2014

Baltimore Sun (pictures 3, 10):
http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2014/08/supermoon-seen-around-the-world/#3

Darkroom at The Baltimore Sun  - Supermoon seen around the world 10th of August 2014

Darkroom at The Baltimore Sun – Supermoon seen around the world 10th of August 2014

Toronto Sun (pictures 5, 10, 22, 23, 24):
http://www.torontosun.com/2014/08/11/supermoon-and-meteor-shower-set-to-light-up-sunday-sky

Toronto Sun - 11th of august 2014

Toronto Sun – 11th of august 2014

Toronto Sun picture 5

Toronto Sun picture 5

Toronto Sun picture 10

Toronto Sun picture 10

Toronto Sun picture 22

Toronto Sun picture 22

Toronto Sun picture 23

Toronto Sun picture 23

Toronto Sun picture 24

Toronto Sun picture 24

LFPress Canada 11th of August (picture 1,5, 10, 22, 23, 24, 25):
http://www.lfpress.com/2014/08/11/supermoon-and-meteor-shower-set-to-light-up-sunday-sky

LF Press  - Supermoon lights up the sky 11th of August 2014

LF Press – Supermoon lights up the sky 11th of August 2014

CNews (pictures 1,2,6,11,23,24,25):
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Microgalleries/2014/08/11/21865691.html#1

C News Quebec Amazing photos of the supermoon 11th of August 2014

C News Quebec Amazing photos of the Supermoon 11th of August 2014

C News Quebec picture 1

C News Quebec picture 1

C News Quebec picture 2

C News Quebec picture 2

C News Quebec picture 6

C News Quebec picture 6

C News Quebec picture 11

C News Quebec picture 11

C News Quebec picture 23

C News Quebec picture 23

C News Quebec picture 24

C News Quebec picture 24

C News Quebec picture 25

C News Quebec picture 25

Times of India:
http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/the-photo-blog/35-stunning-pictures-of-the-supermoon-from-around-the-world/

Times of India - 35 stunning pictures of the supermoon from around the world, 11th of August 2014

Times of India – 35 stunning pictures of the supermoon from around the world, 11th of August 2014

The Daily Star Lebanon 10th of September 2014:
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/PhotoGallery.aspx?id=1223#axzz3GJUYfq4p

The Daily Star- Lebanon 10th of September 2014

The Daily Star- Lebanon 10th of September 2014

Inet Detik interview with Darrin Zammit Lupi:
http://inet.detik.com/read/2014/08/20/094028/2667084/1277/fofografer-kawakan-pun-gugup-saat-motret-supermoon

Fofografer Kawakan pun Gugup Saat Motret Supermoon - 20th of August 2014

Fofografer Kawakan pun Gugup Saat Motret Supermoon – 20th of August 2014

More information about Detikcom:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DetikCom

IEYE News Cayman Islands 11th of August 2014:
http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/supermoon-photographs-from-around-the-world/

Ieye News Cayman Islands - Supermoon photographs from around the world- 11th August 2014

Ieye News Cayman Islands – Supermoon photographs from around the world- 11th August 2014

Just to remind you dear readers, Darrin is working on his new project called Islelanders. Please use the below links to spread the word and support one of the most talented photographers we have.

Darrin Zammit Lupi:

Official website:  www.darrinzammitlupi.com/
Reuters blog:      http://blogs.reuters.com/darrinzammitlupi/
Facebook:            https://www.facebook.com/darrin.zammitlupi
Portfolio:             https://www.facebook.com/DarrinZammitLupiPhotography
Twitter:                https://twitter.com/darrinzl
Instagram:         http://instagram.com/darrinzl

Islelanders project:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/islelanders
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/islelanders

There is not much else that can be added really – pictures like those are not worth just thousands of words, but millions.
Share them with your friends and let the tourists know how beautiful the night skies look like in the Mediterranean.
Have a lovely evening and we shall see you soon! New Season of Doctor Who is going strong as well and you can expect some  very fiery statements from us soon!

Sleep tight and dream of the moon!
Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz

******UPDATE 15.12.2014*******

As the end of the year is approaching quickly, the media are working on their top 10’s, 20’s, 50’s and 100’s of the most fascinating and the most interesting things of the last 12 months. Time Magazine is the first one to introduce a list of the best pictures of the year and guess what – our Maltese Super Moon has been featured at number 8!

Darrin’s photographs are featured here every year so it’s not a big surprise. It’s just good to see the moon going viral…again.

Time Magazine editors present an unranked selection of the best 100 images of the year:

http://time.com/3599787/top-100-photos-of-2014/

Time magazine selection on 15th of December 2014

Time Magazine selection on 15th of December 2014

Bigger version can be seen here:

Supermoon over Malta - picture number 8 in Time Magazine

Supermoon over Malta – picture number 8 in Time Magazine

Have fun!
R+M

******UPDATE 01.08.2015*******

It`s August already, and we thought a small update was in order. If you were waiting for August Moon ball 2015, look above! Earthlings are about to enjoy a rare, second full moon in a month or so called Blue Moon. The views will be stunning, so do not miss it! Unfortunately we are not sure if this year we will have any photos going viral. But do not despair. Our Super Moon from 2014 is still making rounds.  If you don’t believe us, look to the screenshot below.

Tweet by Ashley Byford-Bates, July 13, 2015

Tweet by Ashley Byford-Bates, July 13, 2015

This is a tweet from Global Head of Reuters Pictures and Archive Products Mr. Ashley Byford -Bates. What a surprise to learn that  photo taken exactly one year ago, is now an archive favorite among Reuters clients! If this is not a thing to boast about in your resume, then we don’t know what is!

Old newsroom saying goes that you can sell your photos three times: right after taking the image, a week later and as a part of newspaper`s archives. And we cant find a better example how true old journalistic sayings are.

We will investigate if there were any other mentions of the Super Moon from last year, but for now we will lie under the moon and dream.

R+M

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