Stair­case to moon back for 2017

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

One of the North West’s famed nat­u­ral phe­nomenons re­turns for 2017 this week over mud­flats along our coast­line.

Tonight at 8.22pm is the last night to catch the first set of stair­case to the moon events this year, but we will get three each month un­til Novem­ber.

The nat­u­ral phe­nom­e­non oc­curs when the full moon rises over mud­flats at low tide in the night sky, cre­at­ing a stair­case-like ef­fect from the shore­line to the moon.

Look Left Pho­tog­ra­phy’s Hecto Powles said the stair­case was a treat for north­ern­ers.

“For those wish­ing to pho­to­graph, I sug­gest get­ting there early to get a good spot along the beach as it can get quite busy,” he said.

“While you can take pho­tos hand held, get your­self a tri­pod and set the cam­era up.

“If you have a re­mote trig­ger, that’s even bet­ter. You can take pic­tures while be­ing able to watch the beauty of the moon’s as­cent with your own eyes while cap­tur­ing pic­tures to re­mem­ber the mo­ment.

“It also means you'll have one hand free for a re­fresh­ment.”

The next stair­case to the moon event will oc­cur from April 12 to 14. In the Pil­bara it can be viewed at east-facing beaches af­ter sun­set such as Hear­son Cove, Point Sam­son, Cos­sack, Cooke Point in Port Hed­land and Town Beach in Onslow.

A full cal­en­dar of stair­case to the moon times for 2017 can be found in the Pil­bara News tide times book­let.

An­other night sky event, the Lyrid me­teor shower, will also peak next month on April 22.

The Lyrids only pro­duce about 10 to 20 me­te­ors per hour on av­er­age but with lit­tle moon­light, they should put on a bet­ter show than the pre­vi­ous few years.

Picture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Stair­case to the moon at Hear­son Cove.

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