Just Relax For A Minute And Watch This Incredible Moonrise

On January 30, 2013, the slow rise of a nearly full moon over a clear horizon was a very impressive sight. The moonrise was imaged over Mount Victoria Lookout in Wellington, New Zealand by an industrious astro-photographer named Mark Gee. He had placed a camera about two kilometers away and pointed it across the lookout to where the Moon would soon be making its nightly debut.

The above single shot sequence is unedited and shown in real time -- it is not a time lapse. The people on Mount Victoria Lookout can be seen in silhouette themselves admiring the dawn of Earth's largest satellite. Although seeing a moonrise is not at all difficult because it happens every day the fact is that only half the time it is at night. Each day the Moon rises about fifty minutes later than the previous day. A full moon always rises at sunset.

Some facts about the photographer:

Mark Gee is a freelance photographer & digital visual effects artist based in Wellington, New Zealand. He has worked on many high profile & Oscar award-winning feature films, & his love of surfing & the ocean is a big part of the inspiration for his photography.

Wholly self-taught, Mark’s style of photography is influenced by his many years of experience in the feature film business, & with an eye for detail he strives to produce creative images of exceptional quality, no matter what the subject. Since he began to seriously focus on developing his photography skills over a decade ago, Mark has continuously worked on improving his craft, thriving on setting the bar ever higher and challenging himself to do better yet every time he sets out to shoot.

While his images portray a wide variety of subjects, in the past few years astro-photography in particular has captured Mark’s imagination and interest. He often ventures out to the darkest, most remote skies all around the country, enjoying the challenge of combining New Zealand’s striking landscapes with the ethereal beauty of the night sky in new, creative ways.

Mark’s passion for his craft is tangible in each and every image, & he has enjoyed an enthusiastic response from the public, particularly on his Facebook page, but also on his website, where he offers his work for sale. Source -

Full Moon Silhouettes from Mark Gee on Vimeo.

Responses to "Golden Moonrise Video in Real Time"

  1. Phoenix says:

    One more for my bucket list!

  2. Teresa says:

    All I can i WOW !!! That was just Beautiful thank you for shareing it with us!!

  3. Teresa says:

    All I can say is WOW !!! sorry for the typo

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank-you for sharing that is truly lovely :)

  5. Thanks for sharing this beauty of the MOON, I love it so much especially in WINTER TIME it's more beautiful.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    It's a strange feeling catching the moon that large , stops you in your tracks -speechless ...once I'd seen it-hope to again..

  8. Dan Dietrich says:

    Totally amazing, makes me feel so free & alive...

  9. Anonymous says:

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely breath-taking! Brought tears to my eyes! Thank you for sharing! Deb

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Never seen anything like it, but why did it look so close to Earth? Gorgeous!! was it really that near?

  12. Anonymous says:

    The Moon is rising the "wrong" way, apparently travelling West to East. I first thought the image was flipped left to right, but when enough of the Moon became visible, I could see the familiar landmarks were not flipped left to right but rotated 180°. The Moon upside down? It had to be the camera that was upside down but as the sky was still at the top, it meant that the camera was in the Southern hemisphere. Confirmation seen at the very end of the video: filmed "Down Under", in New Zealand!

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