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#1 Hum

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:41

 The largest full moon of 2013, a so-called "supermoon," will light up the night sky this weekend, but there's more to this lunar delight than meets the eye.

On Sunday, June 23, at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT), the moon will arrive at perigee — the point in its orbit bringing it closest to Earth), a distance of 221,824 miles (356,991 kilometers). Now the moon typically reaches perigee once each month (and on some occasions twice), with their respective distances to Earth varying by 3 percent.

But Sunday's lunar perigee will be the moon's closest to Earth of 2013. And 32 minutes later, the moon will officially turn full. The close timing of the moon's perigee and its full phase are what will bring about the biggest full moon of the year, a celestial event popularly defined by some as a "supermoon."

You can watch a free webcast of 2013 supermoon full moon on SPACE.com on Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT (0100 June 24), courtesy of the skywatching website Slooh Space Camera.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 13:03

I can get pix like that with my 500mm mirror lens & distant backgrounds ;)

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 13:08

This moon is called "supermoon", but it's not that much bigger, only about 7%.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 13:11

The term "supermoon" originated in an astrology blog by a guy named Richard Nolle, then (sadly) worked its way into stories by the media set. A pity.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 13:40

7 a.m. ... ?  Won't be a night sky for me. :huh:



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 13:42

It'll be almost close enough to reach out and touch it. 



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 13:44

This moon is called "supermoon", but it's not that much bigger, only about 7%.

 

Yep, it's just an illusion to our eyes caused by the perspective relative to the horizon.



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 13:55

It'll be almost close enough to reach out and touch it. 

Or close enuff for the moon Aliens to grab you. :p



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Posted 24 June 2013 - 00:42

Photos: Supermoon circles the globe

 

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