Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Full Moonrise
Posted on 05/05/2012 8:27:06 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Rising as the Sun sets, tonight's Full Moon could be hard to miss. Remarkably, its exact full phase (May 6 03:36 UT) will occur less than two minutes after it reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth in the Moon's orbit, making it the largest Full Moon of 2012. The Full Perigee Moon will appear to be some 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than a Full Moon near apogee, the most distant point in the elliptical lunar orbit. In comparison, though, it will appear less than 1 percent larger and almost as bright as April's Full Moon, captured in this telephoto image rising over suburban Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. For that lunation, Full Moon and perigee were about 21 hours apart. Of course, if you manage to miss May's Full Perigee Moon, make a note on your calendar. Your next chance to see a Full Moon close to perigee, will be next year on June 23.
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WE ALL GONNA DIE!
and thanks Las Vegas Dave!
‘Supermoon’ May Outshine Meteor Shower This Weekend
By Tariq Malik | SPACE.comÂ âÂ Wed, May 2, 2012
A ‘SUPER’ moon, it is called.!
I remember those from high school.
When I was in high school it was called the ‘harvest’ moon ... many lived on farms where I was.
So do I, along with Chinese fire drills, drag racing, and ditching school. Stop that at once, Mr. Civilizations!
Looks like half a Michael Moore Moon.
IT’S HEADING RIGHT FOR US!
Please excuse the hilarity.
Lily White, Cratered, and Quite Immense!
After trying to place this scene with Google Maps, and noticing what I thought were some funky perspective issues, I noticed this:
So, not to make any specific accusations, all bets are off.
“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!”
Say it is 100 ft tall ( A modest height for one of these. ) It measures about 1 cm on my screen, so using the moon as a standard, we can easily calculate that it must be 100ft X 14/0.01 ~= 26 miles away. My Starry Night software gives the azimuth of the rising moon as 112 degrees ( i.e. ESE ) so we may place the water tower in Greeley by this calculation. Of course, this is not credible. In other words, the moon is way too big for this scene.
Again, I make no asseverations, as it's only prudent to allow that I may be mistaken in all this.
I grew up among farms, too. My paternsl grandparents owned a farm.
We never saw a Harvest Moon in May, lol.
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