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Any Moon Gazers awake?

Posted on 05/03/2012 10:59:04 PM PDT by jongaltsr

Anyone monitoring the moon? I have notice a brilliant spot on the moon I have NEVER seen before. It is at the (currently) 9 o'clock position. Half hour ago it was at the 8 o'clock position. Prior to that it was at the 8 o'clock position but further toward the center. It is obviously much brighter than any other surface reflection I have ever seen on the moon.


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1 posted on 05/03/2012 10:59:06 PM PDT by jongaltsr
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To: jongaltsr

Looks like a normal full moon from the Central Valley of California... in Stockton, CA


2 posted on 05/03/2012 11:08:50 PM PDT by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft insult free zone... but if the insults to Mac users continue...)
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To: jongaltsr

Check a Moon map and tell me if the area you’re noticing is Tycho.


3 posted on 05/03/2012 11:16:57 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Er, Copernicus, I mean.


4 posted on 05/03/2012 11:18:33 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi)
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To: jongaltsr

Well, even though you made me go outside and gaze at the moon, and I saw nothing unusual, I don’t regret it. It’s beautiful anyhow. :-)


5 posted on 05/03/2012 11:21:30 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Romney Republicanism: Leave your principles by the door. You won't be needing them any more.)
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To: jongaltsr

homing beacon for the Mothership?


6 posted on 05/03/2012 11:25:07 PM PDT by RitchieAprile
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To: jongaltsr

I look at the Moon every chance I get. Noticed nothing unusual thus far tonight.


7 posted on 05/03/2012 11:27:00 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: jongaltsr

‘Supermoon’ Alert: Biggest Full Moon of 2012 Occurs This Week

http://www.space.com/15474-supermoon-full-moon-2012.html?utm_content=SPACEdotcom


8 posted on 05/03/2012 11:27:13 PM PDT by PastorBooks
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To: jongaltsr

Still awake here in Texas.
Seems to be a bright spot I never noticed before about in the 5 O’clock position. What could it be?


9 posted on 05/03/2012 11:27:17 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: jongaltsr
Nothing odd here from N.E. Ohio.

You might find the following of some interest...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transient_lunar_phenomenon

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19680018720_1968018720.pdf

http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19660015638_1966015638.pdf

10 posted on 05/03/2012 11:28:05 PM PDT by ADemocratNoMore (Jeepers, Freepers, where'd 'ya get those sleepers?. Pj people, exposing old media's lies.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

Copernicus is further toward the center (just left of center) of the moon (at about 9 o’clock position).

What I have been observing moved from just about 10% from the outer perimeter and started at about 8 o’clock and in half hour or so moved almost due north to 9 o’clock.


11 posted on 05/03/2012 11:34:25 PM PDT by jongaltsr
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To: jongaltsr

Beautiful full Moon, (River City, Mississippi).


12 posted on 05/03/2012 11:34:44 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: jongaltsr

You might be burning a hole in your retina from too many collective hours of staring at the moon.


13 posted on 05/03/2012 11:35:12 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: EternalVigilance
Well, even though you made me go outside and gaze at the moon, and I saw nothing unusual, I don’t regret it. It’s beautiful anyhow. :-)Me too from Central Wyoming high desert, far from any city lights.
14 posted on 05/03/2012 11:35:32 PM PDT by tommix2 (,)
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To: jongaltsr

5 o’clock position seems brighter than expected.....


15 posted on 05/03/2012 11:35:55 PM PDT by colinhester
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To: colinhester

That’s what I’m seeing here in Tx.


16 posted on 05/03/2012 11:37:50 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: jongaltsr

Spectacular in a very clear sky in Moscow, Idaho. It’s been raining all day, so this is a real treat. I can read the headlines in a newspaper by it. BTT


17 posted on 05/03/2012 11:38:10 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: jongaltsr

You are supposed to look at Moonshine. Not drink it.


18 posted on 05/03/2012 11:38:26 PM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: colinhester

That would be Tycho crater and “Splat”


19 posted on 05/03/2012 11:39:35 PM PDT by jongaltsr
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To: jongaltsr
I have notice a brilliant spot on the moon I have NEVER seen before.

Clean your glasses. Looks normal to me.

20 posted on 05/03/2012 11:39:46 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: tommix2

Spent many nights a short walk from the drill rig in the Great Red Desert looking at the stars.

If I stepped outside tonight to gaze at the moon I would likely drown - 0.94 inches of rain and still pouring down with 20 minutes left to go for the day. (Seattle area).

I love the high deserts - luckily my work takes me out to them in Eastern Washington often!


21 posted on 05/03/2012 11:43:22 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I sit out every night (most nights anyway) and relay and watch the stars, shooting stars, satellites and the moon.

Tonight though I notice one spot which was more intense then I had seen before.

I no longer have my tracking reflective telescope but I did see something about 8 years ago that has shown up on YouTube and other sites. Same place and same pattern of travel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rg8unzXUItk


22 posted on 05/03/2012 11:44:58 PM PDT by jongaltsr
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To: jongaltsr

It’s raining.

I can only guess at what you might be seeing. The Moon is bigger than usual because it is near perigee. That would make things more interesting. It is also near full, making it brighter for two reasons, one, more of the surface is illuminated by the Sun, and two, the dust on the Moon acts like the pigment in road signs, and reflects light directly back at the source, which is the Sun, which is behind you when you look at the full Moon. Also, as you observe the Moon over the course of an evening, it will seem to rotate if you are relating it to the horizon. The Moon is otherwise a pretty static thing, no dust storms or gasses to look at.

Have fun.


23 posted on 05/03/2012 11:52:21 PM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: jongaltsr
Over here at the Plumbers Institute we take our moons seriously.
Please report any unusual moons to our front office.
24 posted on 05/03/2012 11:53:22 PM PDT by this_ol_patriot (Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner)
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To: this_ol_patriot

Pull up your pants and stop mooning the moon.


25 posted on 05/03/2012 11:55:17 PM PDT by jongaltsr
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To: jongaltsr

Old Devil Moon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rS5jXMHXU84


26 posted on 05/03/2012 11:56:20 PM PDT by CHEE (if I ever vote for another unconstitutional law I wish I may be shot. - Congressman Davy Crockett)
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To: jongaltsr

Didn’t notice anything unusual here and spent a couple hours trying different eyepieces and filters;the Full Moon is an excellent testing opportunity since it is big,bright,and easy to find in the scopes even when out of adjustment(the scope ,not the Moon)!


27 posted on 05/03/2012 11:59:37 PM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: jongaltsr

Regardless...... That spot is still there and it is still the brightest thing I have seen on the moon ever.

Maybe it is a crater that just catching the suns reflection a bit brighter than normal.

Whatever - It is a great night out here under clear sky’s in Arizona.


28 posted on 05/04/2012 12:01:36 AM PDT by jongaltsr
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To: jongaltsr

Just Project Horizon. Go back to sleep. http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/luna/luna_projecthorizon01.htm

1959 - Twelve Men On The Moon
http://blog.nss.org/?p=1933

NASA moon bombing violates space law & may cause conflict with lunar ET/UFO civilizations
http://www.examiner.com/article/nasa-moon-bombing-violates-space-law-may-cause-conflict-with-lunar-et-ufo-civilizations


29 posted on 05/04/2012 12:11:43 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Ich habe keinen Konig aber Gott)
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To: jongaltsr

Thanks.....Just went out and shot a series of pics and merged in hdr software. Pretty moon but nothing out of the ordinary showed up. Maybe tomorrow night!!!!


30 posted on 05/04/2012 12:15:43 AM PDT by colinhester
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"*pant pant*....looks full to me...*pant pant*....you hear that?...*pant pant*...I gotta go....*pant pant*"

31 posted on 05/04/2012 12:21:02 AM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: jongaltsr
Southern AZ here. Had to go check. Clear night, no clouds. It doesn't look bigger than normal, but the brightness and contrast do look a lot higher than normal. I think the "supermoon" was forecast for the last full moon, but in the past, I didn't notice that "supermoon" was anything special here. They said it would look bigger than normal at moonrise, but we have a lot of spectacular moonrises here.

They're saying another supermoon tomorrow night. Since it's so bright tonight, that might be worth checking out.

"Supermoon to arise over Arizona Saturday"

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/science_tech/supermoon-to-rise-over-arizona-saturday

32 posted on 05/04/2012 12:37:49 AM PDT by FlyVet
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To: PastorBooks

Also here from NASA:

Perigee “Super Moon” On May 5-6

May 2, 2012: The full Moon has a reputation for trouble. It raises high tides, it makes dogs howl, it wakes you up in the middle of the night with beams of moonlight stealing through drapes. If a moonbeam wakes you up on the night of May 5th, 2012, you might want to get out of bed and take a look. This May’s full Moon is a “super Moon,” as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full Moons of 2012.

The scientific term for the phenomenon is “perigee moon.” Full Moons vary in size because of the oval shape of the Moon’s orbit. The Moon follows an elliptical path around Earth with one side (”perigee”) about 50,000 km closer than the other (”apogee”). Full Moons that occur on the perigee side of the Moon’s orbit seem extra big and bright.

Such is the case on May 5th at 11:34 pm Eastern Daylight Time1 when the Moon reaches perigee. Only one minute later, the Moon will line up with Earth and the sun to become brilliantly full. The timing is almost perfect.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/02may_supermoon/


33 posted on 05/04/2012 12:43:58 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: jongaltsr

It’s raining and overcast here, so cannot observe.

Someday a meteor-asteroid will collide with the Moon when an astronomer is observing the Moon. Is there anything you are observing to indicate there might have been such a strike and the bright light represents light from the melted rock and/or hot gaseous cloud of vaporized rock?

Comet Shormaker-Levy was large enough to have vaporized a major portion of the Earth’s surface, but struck Jupiter instead while under astronomical observation.


34 posted on 05/04/2012 12:47:04 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
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You piqued my interest! I went outside and saw that beautiful moon.

It’s the 1st night this week it’s been clear...and it’s CLEAR!

Anyway, I can’t see anything like you’re seeing...sorry.

I *did*, however, see this weird looking COW ... jumping over it...

(sorry, I couldn’t resist)

:)


35 posted on 05/04/2012 12:57:07 AM PDT by Bradís Gramma (PRAY for this country like your life depends on it......because it DOES!)
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To: EternalVigilance

checked it out 10;20 Hawaii time. looks normal but it is not full. Didn’t see anything different from any other night. right now it is almost straight up but a little to the south of Maui. Aloha ET haven’t talked in quite awhile.


36 posted on 05/04/2012 1:25:01 AM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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To: jongaltsr

We are about to move into a perigee moon making it look bigger and brighter. May 5-6th. Maybe that is it.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/02may_supermoon/


37 posted on 05/04/2012 1:33:22 AM PDT by onbe
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Re: Brilliant Spot On The Moon

It's a giant Richard Branson ice cube.

38 posted on 05/04/2012 1:40:27 AM PDT by zeestephen
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To: FlyVet

I think the “supermoon” was forecast for the last full moon...Tomorrow at 2335.


39 posted on 05/04/2012 1:49:11 AM PDT by Safetgiver (The predator class is upset because they are being shot.)
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To: jongaltsr
That's Byrgius at local sunrise.

LROC QuickMap

This Moon watcher is always awake.

(Happy 40th Anniversary, Apollo 16!)

40 posted on 05/04/2012 2:00:14 AM PDT by Prospero
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To: patriot08

Last night, I took my wife and 2 friends for a 20 mile boat ride on Lake Travis. The lake was illuminated by this almost full moon. What a ride...


41 posted on 05/04/2012 4:10:24 AM PDT by Former MSM Viewer (We're supposed to be more angry about what Romney does with his money than what Obama does with ours)
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To: ETL

You also get stronger tides during a perigee full moon.

http://media.skyandtelescope.com/documents/Titanic+layout.pdf


42 posted on 05/04/2012 4:12:46 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: WhiskeyX
Someday a meteor-asteroid will collide with the Moon when an astronomer is observing the Moon.

>Happens all the time.

43 posted on 05/04/2012 4:18:38 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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44 posted on 05/04/2012 4:53:26 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Yes, but the magnitude of the flash of light is almost always below what is visible with the naked eye and also too brief in time, milliseconds in duration, to be visible by the eye with the aid of a telescope. The impact flashes only became visible in most cases by using video recording techniques through a telescope to greatly slowdown the impact flash long enough to be seen by the human observer in the video recording. It takes a very very large impact to create enough molten rock to remain visible for more than milliseconds to seconds without the aid of video recordings to slow down the brief flash of the impact and nearly immediate cooling of the very small amount of molten rock.


45 posted on 05/04/2012 5:55:31 AM PDT by WhiskeyX
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To: fish hawk

Howdy fish hawk.


46 posted on 05/04/2012 7:08:49 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Romney did what the Briits couldn't do at Lexington & Concord: Deprived Americans of their arms.)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

I have relatives who have a place on Lake Travis.
Beautiful place.


47 posted on 05/04/2012 9:27:34 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Tallguy

I know what I saw.

- it was only confirmed years later by NASA and (Someone else ?) who actually filmed the exact same route and pattern of travel that I observed.

I not only believe..... I now know for sure.


48 posted on 05/05/2012 8:00:40 PM PDT by jongaltsr
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To: jongaltsr

after all the talk and all the hype and all the expectation .. we got clouds


49 posted on 05/05/2012 8:05:25 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

It has been observed in the past and so recorded.

The only thing is that in the past recordings of such impacts, gas eruptions and such - we did not have the advantage of camera technology ——

——or should we not believe observers who did not have modern technology?


50 posted on 05/05/2012 8:07:35 PM PDT by jongaltsr
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