According to NASA the full moon of Dec. 12, 2008 was the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. The moon's orbit is an ellipse with one side 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other. In the language of astronomy, the two extremes are called "apogee" (far away) and "perigee" (nearby). On Dec. 12th, 2008 the moon became full a scant 4 hours after reaching perigee, making it 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser full moons of 2008.
With that in mind South Carolina WildlifeTV videographer Stewart Grinton decided it was a good scene to experiment with time-lapse video. Check out his results using a Nikon D-90 from West Columbia looking back over the Columbia skyline.