Last night we had what NASA called "a full Moon of rare size and beauty". It was what is known as a "super perigee moon"--and it was the biggest one we have seen in almost 20 years. March of 1993 was the last time this occurred. Full moons appear to change 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 (apogee). Nearby perigee moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than moons on the apogee side of the orbit. Last night's full moon occurred less than one hour away from perigee--a near-perfect viewing coincidence.
The Guy and I were out at the farm yesterday and stayed late so that we could observe this momentous event. It was absolutely gorgeous! I was trying out my new little Nikon Coolpix P9000, so there is not a lot of detail in the moon face, but here are a few photos.
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