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Full moon near Mars on December 23
Earth & Sky Radio Series ^ | December 23, 2007 | Deborah Byrd, Joel Block,

Posted on 12/23/2007 8:24:07 PM PST by girlangler

Full moon near Mars on December 23

Earth & Sky Radio Series with hosts Deborah Byrd, Joel Block, Lindsay Patterson and Jorge Salazar.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

For us in the U.S., the full moon is tonight.

And if you look outside you’ll see this full moon near a blazing reddish light in our sky. It’s the planet Mars. Flying through space at 18 miles per second, Earth is about to go between the sun and Mars. Earth will pass between Mars and the sun tomorrow. So the distance between us and Mars is now about at its least for this two-year period, and Mars won’t come anywhere near this close again until the year 2010.

That’s why Mars appears bright in our sky. It’s as bright as the brightest star, Sirius. And Mars is the brightest object near tonight’s moon. Be sure to look for Mars’ reddish color. By the way, tonight’s full moon is the full moon closest to the December solstice. Standing opposite the sun in our sky, tonight’s full moon closely mirrors the position of the June sun. In fact, this full moon is the northernmost full moon of the year.

For the northern hemisphere, the Full Long Night Moon – with Mars nearby – will climb high by midnight tonight. Just be sure to look for the very brilliant star-like object shining near the moon tonight.

By the way, the full moon comes at the same moment for everyone worldwide, but our clocks say different times. The December full moon falls at precisely 1:16 Monday morning Universal Time. In the Americas, the full moon falls during the evening hours tonight. For the world’s Eastern Hemisphere, it’ll be after midnight Monday when the moon turns full. No matter where you live, a full-looking moon shines from dusk till dawn tonight.

Our thanks today to Research Corporation, a foundation for the advancement of science.

Related:

Understanding moon phases

Mars closest to Earth on December 18

Earth between Mars and sun on December 24

Why is Mars sometimes bright and sometimes faint?


TOPICS: Astronomy
KEYWORDS: astronomy; christmaseve; earth; mars; moon; sky; space
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I was driving home tonight and saw this, was amazed, so thought I'd share it.

I live in the country, no city lights, and the view of this was awesome.

1 posted on 12/23/2007 8:24:08 PM PST by girlangler
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To: girlangler
It’s as bright as the brightest star, Sirius

Sounds Sirius.

2 posted on 12/23/2007 8:26:02 PM PST by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: All

Go outside!

Lookup!


3 posted on 12/23/2007 8:28:24 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: girlangler

Saw it too, very cool.


4 posted on 12/23/2007 8:28:53 PM PST by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy.)
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To: Larry Lucido

I saw the little beeber this morning in the shower


5 posted on 12/23/2007 8:29:13 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: Larry Lucido; billhilly; CrappieLuck; Diana in Wisconsin; Grammy; george76

LOL. Think I’ll turn on my satelitte music station now to Sirius, and to the Moody Blues channel.

Seriously, this was neat to see earlier tonight. I was wondering what that big star was beside the moon. Just went outside again and saw where the star is closer to the moon now.

Anyway, I was curious so I googled it and posted what I found. The moon was absolutely beautiful, and I wondered what that star was about.

Also, wondering what the plentiful deer are doing in my yard, they do come out and feed at night when the moon is full. Could this alignment mean I need to bundle up tonight and go fishing?


6 posted on 12/23/2007 8:34:00 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: girlangler

Overcast :-(


7 posted on 12/23/2007 8:34:28 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: girlangler

huntin’


8 posted on 12/23/2007 8:35:32 PM PST by silentreignofheroes (I'm Southron,,,and I Vote...)
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To: girlangler

I heard about this on local news.


9 posted on 12/23/2007 8:37:01 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Wind chill values as low as -5 here.


10 posted on 12/23/2007 8:37:11 PM PST by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: girlangler

Maybe my luck will change.

I’m on a 40 year losing streak.

Maybe tommorrow is the day things become great.


11 posted on 12/23/2007 8:38:23 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (Dems will impeach Bush in 2008; mark my words.)
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To: al baby

Little beebers deserve respect too. I’m glad it made an impression on you ;)


12 posted on 12/23/2007 8:39:45 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: girlangler

The Moon is actually going to occult Mars for viewers in Europe at around 4am (tomorrow) local time.


13 posted on 12/23/2007 8:40:25 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of all the politics in politics.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

My mistress in Madrid will see that


14 posted on 12/23/2007 8:42:55 PM PST by al baby (Hi mom)
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To: GATOR NAVY

No sleep for “Cancers” The Crab that is !


15 posted on 12/23/2007 8:43:19 PM PST by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: ElkGroveDan; CrappieLuck; proud_yank

Check this out when you head to the hunting stand in the morning CL.

Proud_yank, we miss you, call home and let us know if you see it in Alaska.

I think this is cool, ElkGroveDan. So many people live in cities that are so lit up they miss this stuff. But it really was a beautiful sight to behold earlier this evening, when the moon was low.


16 posted on 12/23/2007 8:46:36 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: girlangler
I saw this too, and I also live in the country. Sirius is the only magnitude 1 star in the northern hemisphere. The Moon and Mars were in a line from Orion’s belt through the red star, Betelgeuse. It was very unusual. I am a celestial navigator and have never before seen this.
17 posted on 12/23/2007 8:46:36 PM PST by ghostrider
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To: girlangler

LOL

We were posting on the same article at the same time but on different threads. I saw it as well this evening. I watched the moon rise then saw mars next to it. It was spectacular. In fact, Mr G took some pictures of it.

Don’t think I can bundle up quite enough to want to go fishing though. I will make some nice hot chocolate however!


18 posted on 12/23/2007 8:47:44 PM PST by Grammy
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To: GATOR NAVY
Overcast :-(

It was 50 degrees here today, and after dark, we had blowing rain. It will wash away some of the nasty black stuff on top of the snow on the roadsides, so that's good. We'll still have enough snow on the ground for it to be a White Christmas.

19 posted on 12/23/2007 8:50:42 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: girlangler

Thanks.

Overcast and snowing

8-(


20 posted on 12/23/2007 8:51:17 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Jet Jaguar; All
Stepped out for a peek — beautiful. Thanks for posting.

Night-time refueling over Afghanistan. Luna makes a splendid appearance about 45 seconds in.

And a little music.

21 posted on 12/23/2007 8:54:39 PM PST by dighton
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To: ghostrider

Whew, I was beginning to wonder if I was having some sort of experience that freepers would laugh about.

I love nature, but rarely catch these awesome events, so I am excited about it.

So excited, in fact, I dropped everything to google up what I had seen.

Living in the deep woods, with no artificial lights nearby, allows me to really see things above that so many of the unfortunate ones in cities and towns rarely see.

I have a video of a full moon from last year about this time, and clouds were moving past it fast. In the background, and on the audio, I had two big hoot owls in the woods near my house singing their mezmerizing song. It was cool to stand outside and hear, view this at once. Wish I had a telescope with audio.


22 posted on 12/23/2007 8:55:11 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: ElkGroveDan

And tomorrow night, (Christmas Eve) it will be at its highest elevation until the year 2023.


23 posted on 12/23/2007 8:57:55 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: girlangler

Enjoy it while it lasts

Asteroid May Strike Mars in January 2008
According to Space.com, scientists at the Near Earth Object Program at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory believe a newly discovered asteroid has a 1 in 75 chance of hitting Mars on January 30.


24 posted on 12/23/2007 9:01:33 PM PST by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: girlangler
Whew, I was beginning to wonder if I was having some sort of experience that freepers would laugh about.

Goodness, no. Thank you also for posting.

25 posted on 12/23/2007 9:03:48 PM PST by dighton
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To: girlangler

I saw this as well tonight. What a neat treat to see. I amazed at all of the astronomical phenomena I’ve been fortunate enough to see in the past five years or so. Many of them are once in a liftime or really infrequent.

Thanks for posting.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.


26 posted on 12/23/2007 9:05:30 PM PST by miele man (Continually voting against iodine deficient libs for 42 years)
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To: Grammy

And I am sure Mr. and Mrs. Grammy made a point to show this to two sweet little, anxious, children I know. These kids were probably firing off questions at Grammy : “Is it Santa, when will he get here, how long will it take.”

I am so glad you saw it. It was a total accident that I did, just happened to be driving home from a dinner at my brother’s house and after dropping my Mom off at her home.

C’mon Grammy, we have to jump in our cars and we’ll meet halfway, say Dale Hollow Lake. We might catch a new record smallmouth bass!!!! Just kidding.

But next spring/summer, we will take advantage of these celestial events to slay some fish. Tired of talking about it — my New Year’s resolution is to DO IT this year. And I can’t think of anyone I’d rather be fishing with than you (no kids next time, no untangling lines and baiting hooks). Another of my resolutions is to really kick your butt on a trout stream (grin) You are ahead for now, but not for long(LOL).


27 posted on 12/23/2007 9:16:00 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: Larry Lucido

It’s hugh!


28 posted on 12/23/2007 9:23:38 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Quix
Ping amigo.
29 posted on 12/23/2007 9:24:02 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: girlangler

“Why is Mars sometimes bright and sometimes faint?”

Because they switched from incandescent bulbs to fluorescents.

Actually, even with some city lights, you can see Mars tonight next to the moon. Until this article, I didn;t know it was Mars.

Now that I’ve seen it, I no longer desire to go there.


30 posted on 12/23/2007 9:24:10 PM PST by exit82 (How do you handle Hillary? You Huma her.)
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To: girlangler
Stepped out and could see it very nicely.
Here it is clear and 53 with a light wind.
I am in So Cal in the San Jacinto Mts at 3600 foot level.
31 posted on 12/23/2007 9:24:53 PM PST by pitbully (Merry Christmas and the Very Best of New Years !!)
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To: BenLurkin

Thanks for the ping and for calling the observatory.

Appreciate the kindness of all your work.

I think my binoculars were out of focus the first viewing! LOL.

Blessed sleep to you.


32 posted on 12/23/2007 9:27:48 PM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: BenLurkin; girlangler
Indeed.


33 posted on 12/23/2007 9:29:56 PM PST by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: pitbully

NM PLATEAU a mile high . . . San Jacinto . . . hmmmm

how far from San Gorgonio and the tram?

How deep is the snow? Any snow?

Isn’t Big Bear in those mountains. Been 30+ years since I’ve been there.


34 posted on 12/23/2007 9:30:21 PM PST by Quix (GOD ALONE IS GOD; WORTHY; PAID THE PRICE; IS COMING AGAIN; KNOWS ALL; IS LOVING; IS ALTOGETHER GOOD)
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To: SuziQ; endthematrix

It’s too bad because we supposed to see an actual occult up here with the Moon passing in front of Mars.


35 posted on 12/23/2007 9:38:39 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: girlangler

hee hee heee

If I refuse to go fishing with you does that mean I am forever ahead of you? And with such a *small* fish!

Really, I am ready to go anytime. Cold or not. Let’s just hope this drought will give us a break.

Oh, and granddaughter G declared today that Santa isn’t real. She saw her daddy wrapping a gift and it said “from santa.” (I told you he was a nitwit) Anyway, gson still believes, because I told them if you don’t believe in Santa you don’t get presents from him, and since I still believe I still get them. He is smart enough not to risk it.


36 posted on 12/23/2007 9:41:54 PM PST by Grammy
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To: ghostrider
Sirius is the only magnitude 1 star in the northern hemisphere

?

37 posted on 12/23/2007 9:42:32 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: girlangler

The only reason im awake is this darn full moon i loose at least 3 nights of sleep a month .... i guess mars pulling on my water is a plus {sarc}

Well its a couple sleeping pills and off to bed and i will still lay awake for at least an hour !


38 posted on 12/23/2007 9:49:50 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK (Global Warming : A perpetuation of Lies Levied onto sheep to give up their Fleece)
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To: girlangler

Thanks for posting this.

Just went outside and looked. No city light interference out here in the country. The view was awesome. The stars look like diamonds on black velvet.

God is giving us a heck of a show tonight.


39 posted on 12/23/2007 9:52:38 PM PST by upchuck (And Senator Clinton's experience is................................. where? What? When?)
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To: girlangler
Bright and clear in the 'burbs as well, the moon is close to overhead now.

Mars/Moon should be close Monday night as well. Thanks for posting, would've missed it otherwise.

40 posted on 12/23/2007 10:12:40 PM PST by 1066AD
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To: upchuck

Yes it is beautiful.

I need to go to bed now, but I am enjoying watching this.

So thankful for these wonderful things God has given us, and so often we overlook.

For some reason, tonight I was in the right place, at the right time, and these beautiful gifts were there, before my eyes. I am so excited to have seen this.

I love being back in the country. I grew up with wide open skies in Oklahoma and Texas, and as a kid, marveled at the these things. Then, later in life, I ended up in towns and small cities, where there were so many lights I never even knew there was a light show above this.

Now I am back in the country, in the woods, high on a Tennessee ridge, and I have rediscovered the heavens, and the show they gave me as a child. I love it here.


41 posted on 12/23/2007 10:17:03 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: girlangler
Just after 7 PM, MST

The 'dust spec to the right of the moon (3 o'clock position) is Mars.

42 posted on 12/23/2007 10:19:34 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (If God didn't want a Liberal/RINO hanging from every tree, He wouldn't have created so much rope!)
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To: girlangler

Bump to you.

A similar path.


43 posted on 12/23/2007 10:31:31 PM PST by upchuck (And Senator Clinton's experience is................................. where? What? When?)
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To: girlangler

Looking at it now from over here. That Ol moon is shining big & bright. And Mars is twinkling red just above it.


44 posted on 12/24/2007 4:01:01 AM PST by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: girlangler

Looking at it now from over here. That Ol moon is shining big & bright. And Mars is twinkling red just above it.


45 posted on 12/24/2007 4:01:14 AM PST by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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To: girlangler
Whew, I was beginning to wonder if I was having some sort of experience that freepers would laugh about.

Those fortunate to live in the deep country, reap their rewards in so many ways. Those lost in the hustle & bustle and crime & rot of our cities have no clue. Let them laugh. Only a very foolish person would laugh at someone who is happy with their place in this world.

I love nature, but rarely catch these awesome events, so I am excited about it.

And well you should be! It is your good fortune to be able to appreciate nature in its purest form without the artificial hype of marketing teams and other hustlers.

So excited, in fact, I dropped everything to google up what I had seen.

I am glad you did. I learned something new and immediately pointed it out to my son. Usually "stars" that near to a full moon are lost in the glare. This sharply red point so near to the moon was a definite eye catcher for those familiar with the night time brilliance of a country sky.

Living in the deep woods, with no artificial lights nearby, allows me to really see things above that so many of the unfortunate ones in cities and towns rarely see.

The deep woods country sky is beautiful, but there are places in the high deserts and mountains that have less moisture and pollution, and they have even more stars. My favorite view is from a darkened cockpit, high above the oceans, thousands of miles from lighted cities. The laser pointed stars seem to dip right down into the ocean. I hear that sailors have a similar view on clear nights far from land.

I have a video of a full moon from last year about this time, and clouds were moving past it fast. In the background, and on the audio, I had two big hoot owls in the woods near my house singing their mezmerizing song. It was cool to stand outside and hear, view this at once. Wish I had a telescope with audio.

I took shots of the eclipse last year. However, the video with sound seems superb. I just ordered a "Mystic Moods" CD for my wife that we used to have when we were first dating. It has the country sounds blended in with various love songs. In the background you hear a locomotive slowly coming closer, loudly passing and then slowly fading out leaving only the night sounds of the deep woods.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND SEASONS GREETINGS!

46 posted on 12/24/2007 6:50:45 AM PST by ghostrider
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To: ApplegateRanch
THANKS!!! - :) That will be the new background for my desktop. I wish I had that shot with a lot more pixels.
47 posted on 12/24/2007 6:58:59 AM PST by ghostrider
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To: girlangler

Thanks for posting. We went out last night and watched it. I took some photos, too. Really, really neat to see! Merry Christmas.


48 posted on 12/24/2007 7:19:02 AM PST by coop71 (Being a redhead means never having to say you're sorry...)
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To: Jet Jaguar

All I see is clouds.


49 posted on 12/24/2007 7:36:58 AM PST by festus (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: girlangler

Nightfishin rules. Especially topwater.

Ploop, ploop, ploop,...SPLASH.


50 posted on 12/24/2007 7:44:45 AM PST by Vigilantcitizen (Gone fishin.)
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