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March 20, 2011

March 19, 2011 'Supermoon'

Well, last night I stepped outside and bam! There it was, the moon, except bigger and brighter than usual. For the first time since 1993, the moon was at its closest point to the earth on March 19, 2011. The article goes on to highlight the "Big Moon Rising," which was 14% larger and 30% brighter than earth's furthest full moons. Another interesting part, however incorrect, were the few skeptics that claimed the moon was to blame for all the recent disasters.

Hopefully you enjoyed the supermoon nonetheless, and if you didn't, don't worry! In the second paragraph, there is also a link to photos from around the world of the rare event.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20110320/sc_space/supermoondazzlesbiggestfullmoonin18yearsamazesskywatchers

Posted by ddeemidd at March 20, 2011 04:02 PM

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I went outside yesterday to see the "Supermoon" and I can not deny that I was slightly disappointed. I could barely tell it was any bigger, and that is when I realized that 14% bigger shouldn't be expected to be anything huge. Nonetheless, it brought me to think that I would have cared less about the size of the moon before I took this class. Astro 101 has brought a lot of interest in things I would never have been interested in.

Posted by: scottymg at March 20, 2011 10:25 PM

I saw that! And as it came up over the horizon it was a deep blood red, which from we now know is due to the amount of atmosphere the light traveled through to get here. It was pretty awesome, I tried to take pictures of it but the camera certainly didnt do it justice

Posted by: emmatula at March 21, 2011 04:45 PM

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