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Fly me to the moon: Amateur photographer captures magical supermoon moment

In plane sight

Published 01/10/2015 | 02:30

Take one supermoon, one inbound aircraft and one quick-thinking amateur photographer, and the result is this dramatic snap.

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Oliver O'Flanagan from Churchtown in Dublin captured the stunning image last Sunday night, with this week's supermoon approaching its peak.

This was the first time in 30 years that stargazers had been able to view the phenomenon, which saw a magical full moon turn blood red for a time.

The plane, however, was O'Flanagan's icing on the cake.

"I knew from all the information on the news and Met Eireann that the moon was going to be spectacular, so at about 9:20pm, I went outside and had a quick look up," he says.

He noticed not only that the moon was beautiful, but that an aircraft on its way to Dublin Airport "nearly intercepted" the glowing orb.

"That was the trigger. I grabbed my Canon 7D and 70-200mm lens and stuck it out of the attic window where I could secure it," O'Flanagan told Independent Travel.

"I only had to wait a couple of minutes until I saw another aircraft approach from the Irish Sea over Killiney, and I know it had a really good chance of being the one."

O'Flanagan, who lives in Firhouse, works in the Media Department with the Royal College of Surgeons and describes himself as a keen amateur photographer.

The next photo he took, however, has all the hallmarks of a pro.

"I checked the focus and settings, took a sequence of four photographs in about one second, and chose this one as the best because of the beacon glowing underneath."

"I was astounded at the result and thought I should share it."

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