Saturday, May 5, 2012

Getting Ready for the "Supermoon"

Getting ready for the supermoon tonight!

According to San Francisco Chronicle, "the biggest and brightest full moon of the year arrives Saturday night as our celestial neighbor passes closer to Earth than usual."

"Saturday's event is a 'supermoon,' the closest and therefore the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. At 11:34 p.m., the moon will be about 221,802 miles from Earth. That's about 15,300 miles closer than average."

"That proximity will make the moon appear about 14 percent bigger than it would if the moon were at its farthest distance, said Geoff Chester of the U.S. Naval Observatory. The difference in appearance is so small that 'you'd be very hard-pressed to detect that with the unaided eye,' he said."

"The moon's distance from Earth varies because it follows an elliptical orbit rather than a circular one."

I was so impatient that I started to shoot photos last night - impatient for sure, but also startled by the natural beauty.  Get ready for the supermoon tonight!

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