11 months ago
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Big Moon Risin’
I love the moon. I have ALWAYS loved it, and thought it was very cool. Once I took a college course and wrote my paper about Moon Myths. I made my class participation project of a crossword puzzle which was rather more like something an 8th grader would write, but I have copies which one day I might present onto this blog just for fun. I DID have fun with it. I have always found the bigger scale pictures of the moon fascinating. In fact, the first time I actually saw through binoculars a picture of a crescent moon with the darker, shaded part actually showing, I flipped out. WOW. I really SAW the dark side of the moon with the craters, mountains and giant seas. I can't explain to you why it was so mind boggling to me at the time (still is) but it was fantastic. I have never understood the mysterious way the moon works on the tides, nor the menses of women... so many mysteries I have yet to comprehend but I think it is all amazing and worth delving into. I heard tonight's moon was to be the biggest one that will occur this entire year, even though we recently (remember last month?) had a similar gigantic moon. I only wish my own camera had an expensive zoom lense with which to capture it myself for my blogging pleasure.
This article is plagiarized from the internet.
Below is an article from NASA about the upcoming full moon this weekend. If you remember how large the full moon was in December...you’ll like January’s moon as well! There may be some clouds around Saturday night, but be sure to check the sky both Friday and Saturday evenings for the Big Moon Risin’.
January 8, 2009: When last month’s full Moon rose over Florida, onlooker Raquel Stanton of Cocoa Beach realized that something was up. “The Moon was stunningly gorgeous--and it looked bigger than usual!” she says. “My whole family noticed and watched in awe.”
Like millions of others around the world, she had witnessed the biggest full Moon of 2008--a “Perigee Moon,” 14% wider and 30% brighter than lesser Moons she had seen before. “I’ll never forget it.”
Alert: It’s about to happen again.
This Saturday night TONIGHT, Jan. 10th, another perigee Moon is here. It’s the biggest full Moon of 2009, almost identical to the one that impressed onlookers in Dec. 2008.
Johannes Kepler explained the phenomenon 400 years ago. The Moon’s orbit around Earth is not a circle; it is an ellipse, with one side 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other. Astronomers call the point of closest approach “perigee,” and that is where the Moon will be this weekend.
Perigee full Moons come along once or twice a year. 2008 ended with one and now 2009 is beginning with another. It’s the best kind of déjà vu for people who love the magic of a moonlit landscape.
I hope you are all now more interested in the moon - I think it is still one of the more interesting aspects of our life on this planet.