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This was 9:41pm, Monday, February 18, 2019 — ahead of the ‘Super Moon‘ on the 19th. The moon was bright and had been all evening/night. I had taken some previous picture too. Pretty impressive. Wanted to share with you. Enjoy.
Given that I was a HUGE Cat Stevens fan I can never look at moonshadow without his song playing in my head. So, I wanted to share that with you too since I am sure that some of you have never had the privilege of getting to know THE Cat. So, here … Enjoy it too.
The January 1, 2018 will be even closer than the December 4.
So, that is good. I will keep you posted.
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It will NOT be bad over New Hampshire tonight.
Try around 5:15pm looking East. Should be hard to miss.
Slight chance we might have some clouds tomorrow, Monday, November 14 — the main day so to speak.
Super, Supermoon On Monday, November 14, 2016 — Largest Since 1948 & Not Another Similar For 18 Years.
For many this could be a once in a lifetime Supermoon, given that the last one of this magnitude was in 1948 and the next in 2034.
It all has to do with the fact that the Moon’s closest approach to Earth is NOT constant each month. It is closer to Earth some months than others. Multiple factors influence this, including the Sun’s gravitational pull.
Plus, a Supermoon is NOT an astronomical term. It is more a lay term and as such there is latitude in what is considered ‘closest’ to Earth. In any given month, for it to be a Supermoon the moon doesn’t even have to be at its closest point to the Earth for that month. It only has to be within 90% of the closest approach.
Hence why all Supermoon’s are not equal.
So the November 14, 2016 will be 229 miles (0.10%) closer to Earth than the September 2015 Supermoon.
I just hope we have good weather that night.
This Weekends Much Hyped ‘Super Moon’ Is ‘Special’, But Not Earth Shattering. We Actually Have ‘3’, Yes ‘3’, In A Row!
.by Anura Guruge
>> March 2013 ‘Worm’ Full Moon over
>> Alton — Mar. 30, 2013.
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The deal with a ‘Super Moon’ is that it is close to full (if not at full) and very close to Earth (if not at its closest).
Obviously we get a full moon each month, or to be precise each Lunar Month which is 27.322 days — rounded up to the ’28’ days that determine women’s cycles etc. So full moons, especially to Buddhists, are always ‘special’, but are really common or garden.
Being closest to Earth also happens each and every month — without fail. If it didn’t we would all be in a heap of trouble! Nearly all, if not all, solar system objects have non-circular orbits. Rather than circular the orbits that nearly everything falls into is an elliptical orbit — i.e., an elongated orbit. The degree of this elongation is referred to as Orbital Eccentricity, ‘0’ denoting a perfect circle and ‘1’ a parabolic (i.e., football shaped) orbit. Closer to ‘0’, the more circular, closer to ‘1’ the more elongated. Most of the planets have near-circular orbits, though they are not circular. Earth’s eccentricity is 0.0167. Mercury has the most elongated orbit at 0.2056, with Pluto, now a dwarf planet, having one of 0.248. Comets, which originate at the furthest edges of the solar system have very high eccentricity, Comet ISON, C/2012 S1 (ISON), having an eccentricity close to ‘1’!
The Moon’s eccentricity is 0.054906.
Here are some cute diagrams from ‘Google’ that will explain this whole notion of elliptical orbits, perigee and apogee. [When talking of orbits around the Sun the comparable terms used are ‘perihelion’ (closest) and ‘aphelion’ (furthest).
The Moon’s distance at perigee (which varies slightly from month to month due to some complicated precession motions) varies between 221,324.4 miles to 230,018.4 miles, the average 225,670 miles.
The apogee, on average, is at 252,088 miles.
So this weekend we get both a full moon and one that is at apogee — these two events happening very close together tomorrow morning between 7:11 am and 7:33 am in the Southern sky (very close to the horizon) over New Hampshire. I will be asleep. It will be quite spectacular tonight too.
But, to be fair we had a Super Moon in May and another one in July — those the in both those cases the perigee was within 90% of closest as opposed to 100%. That is why tomorrow’s is more ‘special’ than most.
On AVERAGE we get 2 to 3 Super Moons each year — keyword here being ‘average’.
This weekend the brightness of the moon, measured per the confusing apparent magnitude scale which goes backwards [i.e., less NEGATIVE the brighter], will be ~ ‘-12.xx’. The maximum brightness of the full moon is -12.92; the average -12.74.