Shooting for the moon with photography project

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) Many of us enjoyed the super moon last weekend and probably even took a few pictures.
But one Wright State student has been snapping photos of the full moon for the last two years.

For freshman Eric Harris this super moon was just like the other full moons he’s been photographing. But it did play a big role in a much larger project that will take more than a decade to complete.

One look at Eric Harris’ computer files and you can see he’s over the moon about astronomy.

“I have been taking pictures of the moon since 2010 and I’ve been doing it extensively for the last 2 years,” Harris said.

For the freshman electrical engineering major the fascination with the moon started when he saw a total lunar eclipse in 2008.
He managed to capture one on camera two years ago showing the red hue as it set shortly before sunrise.

Now he’s taking on a much larger project. For two years he’s managed to capture every full moon on camera.

“What it shows is every single full moon for 24 consecutive months as it changes it size and wobbles slightly it’s so fascinating to see. No one has ever done it before,” Harris explained.

But even after two years he still has a long way to go. His goal is to document an entire cycle which lasts about 18 years.

“In a period spanning 18.6 years one full moon will be the exact size and orientation as the other.  So if I take one picture of every full moon for 18.6 years I would have documented that,” Harris said.

A lofty goal Harris hopes to continue after college. He plans on using his love for space and technology by going into the aerospace field. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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