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Da Moon!

Full Moon, too cold for bats, mostly


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Now that Obama has cut NASA’s purse strings to ever get back there, the moon is brilliantly full. Right now. We’re having a perigee moment, which means that the moon is as close to the earth as it will be all year. So the full moon is bigger and brighter than ever. Full moon was actually last night, but it’s still mostly full. Mostly. If you can get a clear view outside, and not freeze your nadgers and badgers right off, it’s worth a look.

Friday night’s Full Moon is biggest of 2010

On Friday, January 29, 2010, the full Moon will be especially bright and beautiful as it appears 14% wider than any other full Moon throughout the entire 2010 year.

Called a “perigee Moon,” Earth’s only natural satellite—the Moon—will put on a dramatic up-in-the sky show Friday night.

Catch the lunar excitement, and it’s free to all observers! Just look up into the night sky!

A perigee Moon simply means that the orbit of the Moon around the Earth is in the shape of an ellipse (kinda like a slightly smashed circle), with one end (its perigee) being shorter in distance than the other end (its apogee).

So, the perigee Moon is at its closest point from the Earth, and it will appear bigger and brighter to us observers here on Earth.

In fact, the full Moon, the first one in 2010, that occurs on Friday night will be about 14% wider and approximately 30% brighter than any other full Moon seen in 2010.

The actual Full Moon will occur at 0618 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) on January 30, 2010, or 1:18 a.m. Saturday morning, January 30, 2010.

It’s nice and clear here tonight. Which means it’s crispy cold, somewhere around 12°F. Brr. But the moon really is lit up. It’s the brightest dark I’ve ever seen.


via Stoaty the Weasel, recognized expert on badgers and nadgers, and the warming thereof.


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