Saturday, 19 March 2011

The moon tonight

For the first time since 1992, tonight we experienced a 'super moon'. That means it is brighter and closer to Earth than usual.  As I like the full moon, here is an image I just took...


  1. It is set to rise here in Portland in just under six hours. i'm praying for clear skies. I can't wait! Plus, it's the 17th anniversary of my father's death -- a decidedly nice way to honor him, I think.

  2. We had a magnificent clear-sky view of it last night. It was both awe-inspiring and humbling.
    Having always been interested in Astronomy I guessed that its current rare proximity (perigee) would be unlikely to be noticed, and I read this morning that its present apparent size is only 0.3% greater than when at its average distance. But it's still mightily impressive.
    Btw I'm frequently irritated by so many not knowing the difference between a Full Moon and a New Moon - the latter being, if not totally invisible, then, at most, the tiniest sliver of light. Lecture over.

  3. Nice image.
    I tried to take one myself but I didn't manage to take a decent one...