Rising full moon

rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7March 16, 2011

At sunset on Friday evening, look in the Eastern sky for a big, beautiful rising full moon. Reported to be quite a sight this year.

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catbird(z7 AL)

That's because the moon will be the closest it's been to the earth in 18 years -- "just" 31,069 miles! It was really beautiful the last time around.

Here is a link that might be useful: NASA Science News

    Bookmark   March 17, 2011 at 6:34PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

OMG, I mean SATURDAY at at sunset!! Sorry, folks.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2011 at 10:37PM
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catbird(z7 AL)

We can enjoy it both nights. It's full now and will be pretty tonight. It just won't be quite as close to the earth as tomorrow night.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2011 at 11:00AM
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The moon will still be about 211,566 miles from Earth, not 31,069. Our geostationary satellites orbit at 22,236 miles.

Got some great photos last night and I'm hoping to get some more tonight. Maybe it won't be too cloudy to see.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 9:30AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

What a sight! Robert and I had actually forgotten about it (I'm hopeless), but were finishing up some ribs on the grill for a late supper when BINGO, the moon rose above the tree line. Even though the horizon is obscured by the trees, and we could only see the moon after it had been in the sky for a while, it was still beautiful, big, brilliant!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2011 at 7:40AM
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