The Rare Blue Supermoon: A Personal Glimpse from Alice Springs

As the evening approached and the blue moon emerged, I knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Living in Alice Springs, we’re privileged with some of the clearest skies in the world. Most days here gift us with azure skies devoid of clouds. Last night was no exception.

With the anticipation of the blue supermoon, my partner, a fellow photographer friend, and I geared up. We embarked on a trek up Mount Johns in Alice Springs, aiming to get the best vantage point. The result? A breathtaking snapshot of this rare phenomenon.

To give some context to this celestial event:

  • Supermoon: A full moon at its closest point to earth, roughly 363,300km away.
  • Blue Moon: The occurrence of two full moons in a single month. This event takes place about 41 times in a century.

This spectacle becomes even more special when these two events converge, termed as a “blue supermoon.” As put by Macquarie University’s astrophysics professor, Richard de Grijs, a blue supermoon is when the second full moon in a month is also at its closest point to Earth.


Space expert Brad Tucker emphasized that “blue moon” denotes the frequency of the event, not the moon’s color. He pinpointed the optimal viewing times as sunset on August 30 and slightly later the subsequent day. – Which means if you missed it last night you can get a glimce of it tonight. 


Dr. Shannon Schmoll from Michigan State University sheds light on the phenomenon, explaining that the moon’s orbit around Earth isn’t perfectly round. When it’s closer during its full phase, it appears grander, causing a supermoon. Such blue supermoons visit our skies approximately once a decade, with the next one projected in 2029.

Full moon above Mt Gillen at Alice Springs

Capturing the Majestic: Photography Adventures in Alice Springs

Alice Springs, in the heart of the Australian outback, is a photographer’s paradise. With its vast, rugged terrain and unique natural features, it offers endless opportunities for both portrait and landscape photographers. One of the most spectacular sights to capture in Alice Springs is the full moon rising over the radio towers that sit on Mt Gillen.

Mt Gillen at Alice Springs with a full moon setting in the background

PRO-TIP: “A telephoto lens can help capture the moon’s details and make it appear larger in the photo.”


The radio towers that sit on Mt Gillen also offer a dramatic backdrop for portrait photography. These towering structures provide a contrast to the natural beauty of the outback and can create an industrial, urban vibe in photos. Photographers can capture the towers from a distance to create a sense of scale.

For landscape photographers, the full moon rising over Mt Gillen offers a breathtaking sight. The stark landscape provides a dramatic contrast to the soft, glowing moon, creating a stunning image. 

Mt Gillen at Alice Springs with a full moon setting in the background

For those who are interested in improving their landscape photography skills, I offer both private and group lessons.  These are a great way to learn new techniques and explore the unique beauty of the Alice Springs region. I have the experience and knowledge to provide you provide guidance on camera settings, composition, and framing. Private lessons can help photographers of all skill levels improve their craft and capture stunning images.


In conclusion, photographing the full moon and the radio towers that sit on Mt Gillen in Alice Springs is a unique and rewarding experience for both portrait and landscape photographers. With the right techniques and equipment, photographers can capture the beauty and drama of this unique location, creating unforgettable images. Whether you are an experienced photographer or just starting out, Alice Springs offers a wealth of opportunities to explore and improve your craft.

Want to know more about photography workshops?  Contact me now to find out.