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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Did you see the Super Moon???

The "Super Moon" rose in the east at sunset last evening. This unusually large full moon -- known as a super "perigee moon" -- was the biggest in almost 20 years.

picture taken with my Canon Power Shot at sunset

"The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993,"

The 'Super Moon' is a situation when the moon is slightly closer to Earth in its orbit than on average. This effect is most noticeable when it occurs at the same time as a full moon

It's so close because the moon's orbit around the Earth is not a perfect circle, but an ellipse, according to Weather Channel

When the Moon's orbit takes it the farthest away from Earth, the moon is at its "apogee,". When it makes its closest approach, the moon is at its "perigee."

So not only was it be a full moon Saturday night, but it was also at its perigee. This month's perigee put the moon about 8% closer to Earth than usual, and about 2% closer to Earth than the average lunar perigee.


Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!


10 comments:

Sue and Doug said...

nice work on the supermoon, Donna!..I was not so lucky!!!

Helen said...

We were cloudy last night .. I have relied on great photographers like you for images. Thank you!

Rick and Paulette said...

Great moon pics! The moon looked pretty normal to me out here in Desert Hot Springs.

Donna K said...

Nice moon picture...we saw only rain clouds!

Gail Durham said...

That is a great picture, I tried to get a good picutre but I could not do it.

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

We just realized you guys are in our backyard.

We are heading over to Daytona tomorrow but was here in Clermont and we continued to look out at the moon last night but never seen anything like the photo you took...wow!

Margie and Roger said...

Nice moon shot!

Debbie Goode said...

Didn't see the super moon, but enjoyed reading all about it here!

Jerry and Suzy said...

We had planned to get out and get that picture, but an active day wiped out the plan. Glad you got it and could show us. We used to see a similar optical enlargement when we lived in Butte, MT, but we saw it best when driving east toward Billings as the full moon was rising. We always called the phenomenon a "Billings Moon," and we have seen it in other states as well. You gave a great technical explanation for us non-techies!

The Muse said...

it was gorgeous, the beloved and i sat on a blanket in the cold all bundled...simply staring and sharing. it was...heavenly ~!

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