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'Supermoon' phenomena to occur Saturday night
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Posted on 05/02/2012 11:15:06 AM PDT by BenLurkin

If you take a look at the full moon this Saturday night and think it looks bigger than usual, you’ll be right.

The largest, brightest full moon of the year, nicknamed “supermoon” by astrologer Richard Nolle back in 1979, will happen when the moon is full on its closest approach to Earth. Scientists said it will be a mere 221,802 miles away, approximately 17,000 miles closer than usual.

The last supermoon happened in March 2011.

The supermoon promises higher than normal tides, but scientists say there should be no concern about the lunar event’s effects.

On NASA’s website, Dr. James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, said, “The effects on Earth from a supermoon are minor, and according to the most detailed studies by terrestrial seismologists and volcanologists, the combination of the moon being at its closest to Earth in its orbit, and being in its 'full moon' configuration (relative to the Earth and sun), should not affect the internal energy balance of the Earth since there are lunar tides every day.

“The Earth has stored a tremendous amount of internal energy within its thin outer shell or crust, and the small differences in the tidal forces exerted by the moon (and sun) are not enough to fundamentally overcome the much larger forces within the planet due to convection (and other aspects of the internal energy balance that drives plate tectonics).

“Nonetheless, these supermoon times remind us of the effect of our 'Africa-sized' nearest neighbor on our lives, affecting ocean tides and contributing to many cultural aspects of our lives (as a visible aspect of how our planet is part of the solar system and space).”

The moon will appear most impressive when viewed when low on the horizon, creating an optical illusion that it is bigger than it actually is.


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: supermoon
Everyone please take this opportunity to double-check your earthquake supplies.
1 posted on 05/02/2012 11:15:13 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

And Zombie supplies, or Anti-Zombie supplies, depending on which side you are on.


2 posted on 05/02/2012 11:19:15 AM PDT by job
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To: BenLurkin

Well, I have noticed that the amount of “moonbattery” has been excessively high during the past few days.

Can we take much more of that?


3 posted on 05/02/2012 11:19:53 AM PDT by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: BenLurkin

” but scientists say there should be no concern about the lunar event’s effects.”

Yeah,,, except on my ex-wife! I’d like to “Super Moon” her!


4 posted on 05/02/2012 11:21:41 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: BenLurkin

It should be pretty easy for somebody with a little time to chart earthquake frequency/intensity vs. lunar orbit.

We don’t want to cause undo worry do we? ;)


5 posted on 05/02/2012 11:21:44 AM PDT by toast
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To: job

Werewolves. You are thinking of werewolves.


6 posted on 05/02/2012 11:21:56 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: toast

If you say so.


7 posted on 05/02/2012 11:22:45 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Great! I’m tired of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart movies about vampires!


8 posted on 05/02/2012 11:36:24 AM PDT by InsidiousMongo
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To: BenLurkin
"Artist's Rendering" of the Earth from the Supermoon at 03:34 UT on 5/6/2012, one minute after perigee & one minute prior to Full phase:


9 posted on 05/02/2012 11:45:53 AM PDT by mikrofon (Weather Forecast: Clear ;)
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To: BenLurkin

“The last supermoon happened in March 2011.”

The 9.0 Tohoku quake happened in in March of 2011!


10 posted on 05/02/2012 11:48:31 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: BenLurkin

WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE.........again.


11 posted on 05/02/2012 11:50:23 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: BenLurkin
"astrologer Richard Nolle "

Astrologer?

Astrologer?

For pity's sake, find an astronomer to quote, not a charlatan.

12 posted on 05/02/2012 11:50:26 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Conservative patriots, Rise up!)
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For pity's sake, find an astronomer to quote, not a charlatan.

These guys are composites, just like Obama's girlfriends.

13 posted on 05/02/2012 11:53:19 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: eCSMaster

Speaking of charlatans, I see Giorgio Tsoukalos has officially jumped the shark with his “Ancient Aliens” series. It thought it was bad last week when he said the Mayan Calendar is a representation of the large Hadron collider but now he’s claiming that aliens killed the dinosaurs.


14 posted on 05/02/2012 12:01:07 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: BenLurkin
nicknamed “supermoon” by astrologer Richard Nolle back in 1979

We're letting astrologers name things now?

our 'Africa-sized' nearest neighbor

The surface area of the moon is about 25% larger than Africa.

The diameter of the moon is less than half the distance from Cairo to Cape Town.

15 posted on 05/02/2012 12:04:58 PM PDT by wideminded
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To: cripplecreek
Well, at least he's consistent...

16 posted on 05/02/2012 12:11:56 PM PDT by evets (beer)
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To: BenLurkin

17 posted on 05/02/2012 12:15:51 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: BenLurkin

Two weeks later, on May 20th, there will be an annular eclipse of the sun that will be visible over the western third of the US.


18 posted on 05/02/2012 12:19:43 PM PDT by djf (Life's a play, we're actors not authors, and nobody even cared to give us the script!)
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To: evets

ROFL. Ancient Aliens.


19 posted on 05/02/2012 12:20:22 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency.)
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To: dfwgator

You forgot to give their website for those who might be in the area at the time;

http://www.moonamtrak.org/


20 posted on 05/02/2012 12:27:19 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: BenLurkin

Look, it's Cosmo's moon. Moonstruck, one of my favorite movies.
21 posted on 05/02/2012 12:27:19 PM PDT by slackerjack
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To: BenLurkin

I shall celebrate by taking a midnite stroll in the nude down my street while I delight in the screams of horror from my neighbors.....


22 posted on 05/02/2012 12:45:01 PM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas, Rosie ODonnell, Maureen Dowd, Medea Benjamin - The Axis of Ugly)
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To: BenLurkin

It happens every 12 to 13 months. Don’t see what is so special about it.

Now the Venus transit in June, THAT is something to get ready for.

Last one in anyone here’s lifetime.

I am planning on watching and videoing the event from Disney World.


23 posted on 05/02/2012 12:52:59 PM PDT by Conan the Librarian (The Best in Life is to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, and the Dewey Decimal System)
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To: Conan the Librarian

bttt


24 posted on 05/02/2012 1:00:34 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: dfwgator

LOL I knew immediately that was Moon the Amtrak! (I used to live in Laguna Niguel, home of that notorious tradition!)


25 posted on 05/02/2012 1:00:44 PM PDT by MomofMarine
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To: cripplecreek
"Mayan Calendar is a representation of the large Hadron collider ..."

Well, they both are round.

26 posted on 05/02/2012 1:42:40 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Conservative patriots, Rise up!)
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To: eCSMaster

Coincidence?

I think not.


27 posted on 05/02/2012 2:20:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: BenLurkin

28 posted on 05/02/2012 3:40:50 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: martin_fierro

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/algoof.wav


29 posted on 05/02/2012 3:50:18 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Clintons Are White Trash

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/going.wav


30 posted on 05/02/2012 3:53:33 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: dfwgator

http://www.johnspeedie.com/healy/monkeys.wav


31 posted on 05/02/2012 3:54:42 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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