Your pictures: Budding photographers in Stevenage, Hitchin and Biggleswade ‘get lucky’ to snap biggest supermoon since 1948 despite cloud cover last night

Andrew Males, author of comedy novel 26 Miles to the Moon, said he was in his garden in Stevenage Ol

Andrew Males, author of comedy novel 26 Miles to the Moon, said he was in his garden in Stevenage Old Town for a few minutes but 'got lucky' as he snapped a plane from Luton Airport in front of the supermoon. - Credit: Archant

Budding photographers had to take their chances last night as cloud cover disrupted clear shots of a supermoon – the biggest and brightest for 68 years.

Ian Harris snapped this striking shot of a plane in front of the supermoon from his Stevenage garden

Ian Harris snapped this striking shot of a plane in front of the supermoon from his Stevenage garden. - Credit: Archant

But perseverance paid off for some in Stevenage, Hitchin and Biggleswade, while others such as Andrew Males ‘got lucky’.

Rob Weavers' eerie supermoon shot in Hitchin. Picture: Rob Weavers Photography

Rob Weavers' eerie supermoon shot in Hitchin. Picture: Rob Weavers Photography - Credit: Archant

Andrew, who had his appropriately-named comedy novel 26 Miles to the Moon published thanks to a crowdfunding effort, told the Comet he was only outside for a few minutes when he took a shot of a plane from Luton Airport passing in front of the supermoon.

Dawn Brown took this picture of the supermoon from her home in Chells, Stevenage.

Dawn Brown took this picture of the supermoon from her home in Chells, Stevenage. - Credit: Archant

The picture was taken at 8pm from his garden in Stevenage Old Town.

Carol Cooper said she took advantage of a break in the cloud to take this supermoon picture in the B

Carol Cooper said she took advantage of a break in the cloud to take this supermoon picture in the Broadwater area of Stevenage. - Credit: Archant

Ian Harris was similarly lucky with a fantastic shot of a plane ‘intercepting’ the supermoon taken from his own Stevenage garden.

Tim Huckle in Biggleswade had to be patient due to cloud cover...

Tim Huckle in Biggleswade had to be patient due to cloud cover... - Credit: Archant

Fellow Stevenage residents Dawn Brown and Carol Cooper were also able to get striking shots of the supermoon from Chells and Broadwater areas respectively, while Rob Weavers’ arty effort was taken in Hitchin.

...But was able to get this striking supermoon shot in Bigglewade. Picture: Tim Huckle

...But was able to get this striking supermoon shot in Bigglewade. Picture: Tim Huckle - Credit: Archant


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Tim Huckle had to wait for cloud cover to clear from Biggleswade, but his patience paid off.

Ryan Milner took a less serious appraoch with his supermoon mock up posted in the This is Hitchin wi

Ryan Milner took a less serious appraoch with his supermoon mock up posted in the This is Hitchin with added laughter Facebook group which he runs. - Credit: Archant

Not everyone was enamoured with the supermoon, though, with Ryan Milner posting a series of spoof pictures on This is Hitchin with added laughter, a Facebook group which he runs.

Ryan Milner's 'button moon', another spoof supermoon effort he posted in the This is Hitchin with ad

Ryan Milner's 'button moon', another spoof supermoon effort he posted in the This is Hitchin with added laughter Facebook group. - Credit: Archant

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So what has to happen for there to be a supermoon? First, it must be a full moon and, second, the moon must be at a point during its oval-shaped orbit where it is particularly close to Earth (called a perigree).

It is about 30,000 miles closer to Earth during a perigree, as opposed to an apogee – the term used when it is further away.

If you missed it this time there is due to be another supermoon on Wednesday, December 14, but it won’t be as big as last night’s – the biggest since January 1948.

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