Saturday, May 5, 2012

Supermoon Tonight!

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noun Astronomy .
the point in the orbit of a heavenly body, especially the moon, or of an artificial satellite, at which it is nearest to the earth.

This explains why tonight, the full moon, rising in the East, will loom larger than normal.  This is commonly known as a "supermoon."

 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night:
He made the stars also.
 ~Genesis 1:16

It happens because the moon does not orbit the earth in a perfect circle. It follows a slightly elliptical path every month. At 11:35 p.m. EDT, say astronomers, it will come within 221,802 miles of us -- coincidentally about one minute before it's at its fullest.   When the moon is closest to Earth, it appears 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than when it's farthest from us. 

I can't wait to see the moon tonight!  How about you??

1 comment:

Rebecca's Refining said...

I hope to have a bonfire tonight, and be outside to see this beautiful gift of God! :)

We love looking at the moon and stars, and watching the sun rise and set as well!

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