Slo-Mo Sunday

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THE BIGGEST FULL MOON IN ALMOST 70 YEARS: On Monday, Nov. 14th, there’s going to be a full Moon–the biggest and brightest in almost 70 years. The best time to look in North America is before sunrise on Monday morning, while in Europe the best time is after sunset on the same day.

“The last time we had such a close full Moon was January 26, 1948,” says Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory, “and it won’t happen again until November 25, 2034.”

Full moons vary in size because the Moon’s orbit is not a circle, it’s an ellipse: diagram. One side of the Moon’s orbit, called “perigee,” is 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other side, “apogee.” This Monday’s “supermoon” becomes full about 2 hours away from perigee, a coincidence that makes it as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons we have seen in the past.

But will we be able to tell the difference … just by looking? A 30% difference in brightness can easily be masked by clouds or the glare of urban lights. Also, there are no rulers floating in the sky to measure lunar diameters. Hanging high overhead with no reference points to provide a sense of scale, one full Moon looks much like any other.

“I think that the hype over the term ‘supermoon’ is a bit overblown,” says Chester. “In my book every full Moon has something to offer!”

To get the most out of Monday’s apparition, try to catch the Moon just as it is rising or setting. This will activate the Moon Illusion and make the perigee Moon of Nov. 14th look super, indeed.

@ SPACEWEATHER

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19 Responses to Slo-Mo Sunday

  1. Den says:

    Be sure you all wake up before sunrise and go look then come back here for coffee and donuts.

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  2. jimhitchcock says:

    Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell, good gravelly voices done gone

    Hallellulah, Hard rain gonna fall

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  3. micki says:

    Reality check. As reported by ABC News and others:

    How many people have been deported under Obama?

    President Barack Obama has often been referred to by immigration groups as the “Deporter in Chief.”
    Between 2009 and 2015 his administration has removed more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders, which doesn’t include the number of people who “self-deported” or were turned away and/or returned to their home country at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

    How does he compare to other presidents?

    According to governmental data, the Obama administration has deported more people than any other president’s administration in history.
    In fact, they have deported more than the sum of all the presidents of the 20th century.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    Sprained my lumbar region Friday night by the everyday practice of leaning over the sink. Still isn’t back to normal, but I can now hobble around. The trouble is that I need to make two trips to the grocery store and the inside space for recycling is almost full.

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    • Den says:

      Keep using it, fuck the pain, just don’t over-use it, it will generally loosen up with normal use, do stretching exercise, front to back, side to side, works for me, I just hoisted a 48×48 window back into my front wall, back hurt like hell this AM, stretching and a motorcycle ride fixed it up so it’s at a tolerable level now, tomorrow AM it will be back, no pun intended.

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    • David B. Benson says:

      @ Puerto Vallarta for sopa de camorones y Negra Modelo. Busy. Nice to be able to get vertical and gweet.

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  5. jimhitchcock says:

    Den, where was that man leaping from cliff gif from?

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  6. micki says:

    Hey Jim, I know it’s not new news…but I posted it anyway because Trump’s intentions to deport 3m people is simply a continuation of Obama’s policies…pointing out the hypocrisy of (some of) those who call themselves liberals/progressives/humanitarians, that when their guy was doing it, they ignored it.

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  7. Den says:

    Anderson Cooper after he found out Trump won the election.:

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