Super Full Moon!

There’s suppose to be a  super “perigee moon” last night (19th of March 2011). The moon will look gigantic! Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon’s orbit. It is an ellipse with one side (perigee) about 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other. Nearby perigee moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons that occur on the apogee side of the Moon’s orbit. 

The super "perigee moon" and the normal moon. (This picture was taken from the NASA website).

We wanted to look at the super “perigee moon” last night but unfortunately.. it was too cloudy and it was even raining. So my father told us that if we can wake up very early, perhaps we’ll make it to see the big moon (but ofcourse the moon it won’t look as beautiful and as gigantic). The best time to look at the moon is when the sun is setting and the moon is rising.

So I woke up this morning — very early and my father and I went out to look at the super “perigee moon”. I went out and we saw the moon. It did looked very big, sharp and so bright! Then my father told me “The best time to look is when the Moon is near the horizon. That is when illusion mixes with reality to produce a truly stunning view.” Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of the moon, but never mind, I still did make it to see the biggest moon in almost 20 years — and it did looked beautiful and it really satisfied me…

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