August 12, 2014 1:38 pm
Updated: August 13, 2014 12:38 pm

Retired physics teacher takes a powerful Supermoon shot in Kamloops

June 20 is not only the date of the full moon, but of summer solstice.

Gordon R. Gore, Submitted

A 76-year-old former physics teacher from Kamloops takes special pride in his Supermoon image.

The picture was taken from Gordon Gore’s sun deck in the west side of Kamloops over Strawberry Hill.

In the foreground of the bright image of the Supermoon are trees damaged in a wildfire 11 years ago.

The phenomenon of the so-called Supermoon makes the Moon seem extra big and bright, with as much as a 30 per cent difference in brightness.

Gore’s image was taken with a simple digital camera Sunday night.

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Gore worked as a physics teacher at a local school for decades and produced a series of textbooks that many physics students in B.C. came into contact with. His legacy also involves the launch of the Kamloops Big Little Science Centre.

His friend Peter Vogel, who posted Gore’s pictures on social media, says Gore is a tremendous popularizer of science in general and physics in particular, especially through the use of everyday materials and devices.

Gore suffers from ALS and has mobility problems, but that does not stop him from using his power chair to get out to local parks and take wildlife pictures.

“Gordon has been an inspiration to several generations of physics teachers in B.C.,” says Vogel.

GALLERY: The Supermoon seen across B.C.

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