A photo that includes the Boston skyline has been featured on NASA's "Astronomy Picture of the Day" website.
The photo of the "supermoon" rising on March 19 was taken by Dennis di Cicco, senior editor at Sky & Telescope magazine.
Di Cicco said he took the photo while standing on Prospect Hill in Waltham at 7:17 p.m. Saturday. The sun was 5 degrees below the western horizon at the time, giving the moon an orange glow, he said.
“It’s an excellent circumstance for the rising moon,” di Cicco said. “The foreground has just enough light … but the sky is dark enough so the moon is dramatic.”
Di Cicco said he visited a couple of his usual photography spots before deciding to try Prospect Hill. It was a good decision, he said, because the moon was positioned perfectly between the tower at Logan International Airport and the Zakim Bridge.
Saturday's moon was a "supermoon." A "supermoon" happens when the moon is slightly closer to the earth than on average. The effect is most noticeable when it occurs at the same time as a full moon, Dr. James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said in an interview on the NASA website.
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