Nature Blog Network

Friday, January 29, 2010

Howlin' at the Moon

At 4 pm, the sky outside is clear blue, the sun low. The air is crisp, (euphemism for COLD). It's perfect weather for moon viewing, and tonight's is supposed to be special. The moon will not only be full, but super-sized! Tonight is a full perigee moon -- a full moon that coincides with the point in the moon's elliptical orbit when it is closest to the earth. This proximity will make the moon appear to be 14% larger and 30% brighter than any other full moon this year... Happy viewing!

1 comment:

  1. The moon was out in its fullness and brightness until about 8 pm. At that point it was covered by clouds, and it actually began to snow... big, slow-moving, movie flakes. The moon was quite bright... would I have noticed that it was brighter than any other full moon if I hadn't known in advance? I'm going to be honest and say NO.

    ReplyDelete