"A fascinating insight into Ireland's ancient burial sites" - Irish Independent
Summer Solstice perigee moonrise, June 22nd 2005
moonrise at 11.18pm on June 22nd, 2005 was a special moonrise, because
not only did the full moon occur at the time of the standstill of
the sun (Summer Solstice - longest days of the year) but it was also
a perigree moon, meaning it was closest to earth and therefore appeared
to be larger when rising. The lensing effect of the Earth's atmosphere
appears to squash the moon during the first few minutes as it clears
time exposure taken the same night on Laytown Beach in County Meath.
The photo may resemble a sunrise, but a quick check of the horizon
reveals street lamps and lights on in the distance!