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Big Moon Weekend

March 19th, 2011 at 02:50 am

I love Natures' freebies and this weekend is one of them. As told in the article copied below from CNN, the moon is going to be BIG tomorrow. Bigger than its been in 20 years! I hope the sky is clear enough that I can enjoy it!!! Will you be watching?

(CNN) -- If the moon looks a little bit bigger and brighter this weekend, there's a reason for that. It is.

Saturday's full moon will be a super "perigee moon" -- the biggest in almost 20 years. This celestial event is far rarer than the famed blue moon, which happens once about every two-and-a-half years.

"The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993," said Geoff Chester with the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington. "I'd say it's worth a look."

Full moons look different because of the elliptical shape of the moon's orbit. When it's at perigee, the moon is about 31,000 miles (50,000 km) closer to Earth than when it's at the farthest point of its orbit, also known as apogee.

"Nearby perigee moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons that occur on the apogee side of the moon's orbit," the NASA website says.

This full moon will rise in the east at sunset and should look especially big at that time because of what's known as the "moon illusion."

"For reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists, low-hanging moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects," according to NASA.

Even though it may look close enough to touch, Saturday's full moon will still be at a healthy distance -- some 211,600 miles (356,577 km) away.

As rare as it is, it may be worth a look. Miss it and you'll have to wait until 2029 to see it again.

3 Responses to “Big Moon Weekend”

  1. melissalt Says:

    I'll definitely be outside checking it out with my son. Of course, I'll have to have some fun moon facts to talk about! I can't wait to see how big it appears.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    Thanks, I will be watching it too!

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    Cool. I doubt we will have a clear sky - Frown - but I will look!

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