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#318008 - 01/10/09 11:24 PM Biggest Brightest Full Moon Of The Year Tonight
ExOkie Offline
If skies are clear Saturday, go out at sunset and look for the giant moon rising in the east. It will be the biggest and brightest one of 2009, sure to wow even seasoned observers.

Earth, the moon and the sun are all bound together by gravity, which keeps us going around the sun and keeps the moon going around us as it goes through phases. The moon makes a trip around Earth every 29.5 days.

But the orbit is not a perfect circle. One portion is about 31,000 miles (50,000 km) closer to our planet than the farthest part, so the moon's apparent size in the sky changes. Saturday night (Jan. 10) the moon will be at perigee, the closest point to us on this orbit.


I'm going to miss it by 2 weeks darn it! I got to see the full moon rise last January and it was fantastic. This time I'll just have to make do with a sky full of stars. smile
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#318016 - 01/11/09 02:08 AM Re: Biggest Brightest Full Moon Of The Year Tonight [Re: ExOkie]
Peter Jones Offline
It looked superb as it rose over the ocean down here in southern Belize.

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#318019 - 01/11/09 02:10 AM Re: Biggest Brightest Full Moon Of The Year Tonight [Re: Peter Jones]
ExOkie Offline
I'm envious. It's cloudy here in Denver. Now watch out for the crazies.


Edited by ExOkie (01/11/09 02:13 AM)
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#318033 - 01/11/09 03:54 AM Re: Biggest Brightest Full Moon Of The Year Tonight [Re: ExOkie]
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Here in Northern California, it was beautiful last night and tonight - clear as can be!

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#318036 - 01/11/09 04:25 AM Re: Biggest Brightest Full Moon Of The Year Tonight [Re: LaurieMar]
Ambergris Bob Offline
Ahh, beautiful here in Olive Branch, Mississippi! But we're headed to SP in 7 days so we're looking forward to seeing what's left of the moon when we get there!

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#318041 - 01/11/09 05:28 AM Re: Biggest Brightest Full Moon Of The Year Tonight [Re: Ambergris Bob]
Marty Offline
tis glorious!!!!!

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#318043 - 01/11/09 05:33 AM Re: Biggest Brightest Full Moon Of The Year Tonight [Re: Marty]
ExOkie Offline
Thanks Marty. Enjoy it for all of us that couldn't be there tonight.
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#318060 - 01/11/09 03:31 PM Re: Biggest Brightest Full Moon Of The Year Tonight [Re: ExOkie]
Katsc4 Offline
We couldnt see ANYTHING through all the snow falling!

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#318080 - 01/11/09 04:31 PM Re: Biggest Brightest Full Moon Of The Year Tonight [Re: Katsc4]
Islenutt Offline
Crystal clear night with that huge moon was beautiful! Lit up the nearby hills to give me an awesome view. Reminds me how lucky I am to live in No. Calif. smile

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#318105 - 01/11/09 05:11 PM Re: Biggest Brightest Full Moon Of The Year Tonight [Re: Islenutt]
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Was awesome it totally lit up the back road walking home from pedro's in spots where it is usually dark.
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