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March 19, 2011

Full Moon the Biggest in About 20 Years

The full moon that we will be able to see this weekend, referred to as a "perigee moon," is supposed to be the biggest moon we've seen in approximately the past 20 years. This event is said to be very rare and has not happened since March of 1993. Due to the moon's elliptical orbit, full moons are able to look different. A perigee moon happens when the moon is around 50,000km closer to the Earth than normal. In addition, perigee moons are said to be about 30% brighter and 14% bigger than the apogee side moons which are those moons that happen at the farthest point of the moons orbit.


Full article can be found at: http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/03/18/nasa.moon/index.html?hpt=C2

Posted by rmousigi at March 19, 2011 11:04 AM

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Check out some great pictures of the super moon at this website:

http://photoblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/03/19/6304483-supermoon-rises-saturday-night

They are amazing!

Posted by: ccastel at March 20, 2011 01:12 PM

This is interesting to read because when I saw the moon last night, it did seem unreasonably big and bright. And now I know why! I would like to see a picture of this moon and the moon when at its farthest and compare. Would the difference be strikingly noticeable? Regardless, it was pretty cool to see.

Posted by: hartadam at March 20, 2011 07:57 PM

Remember how we learned that the moon plays a very large role in our tides? Well, the closeness of the moon definitely showed the extent of this power. The moon caused the water to recede so far that they pushed submerged WWII-era mortars back to land when the tide came back in. Crazy!
Here's the link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1369908/Supermoon-blamed-nearly-100-World-War-II-bombs-wash-beach.html

Posted by: jeffkong at March 26, 2011 03:07 PM

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