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Old 05-03-2012, 08:36 PM   #1
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Suuuuper Moon!!!

On Saturday, the moon will be at its perigee (opposite of apogee) and will appear 16% larger, but sometimes the effect can be pretty dramatic.
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Astronomers call it perigee-syzygy; the rest of us call it "supermoon." Either way, the alignment of the sun and moon will coincide with the moon's closest approach to Earth on Saturday (May 5), resulting in the biggest full moon of the year. But don't worry, it won't break Earth.

Saturday's supermoon will be especially super. Richard Nolle, the astrologer who coined the term "supermoon," defined it as a full moon that occurs within 12 hours of lunar perigee, or the point in the moon's slightly non-circular monthly orbit when it swings closest to our planet. On Saturday, the timing of the two events will be almost perfect: the moon will reach its perigee distance of 221,802 miles (356,955 kilometers) — the closest lunar perigee of 2012, in fact — at 11:34 p.m. Eastern Time, and it will fall in line with the sun (thereby becoming full) just one minute later.

Thus, our satellite will loom even larger than the supermoon of March 19, 2011, when perigee and full moon fell 50 minutes apart. Nonetheless, just as last year's supermoon passed by without triggering any of the earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and chaos that were predicted by some corners of the Internet, this year's event will almost certainly be similarly tame. Seismologists have found no evidence to believe that supermoons heighten seismic activity — at least not over and above the effects of run-of-the-mill moons.

Under normal conditions, the moon is close enough to Earth to make its weighty presence felt:

It causes the ebb and flow of the ocean tides. The moon's gravity can even cause small but measureable ebbs and flows in the continents, called "land tides" or "solid Earth tides," too. The tides are greatest during full and new moons, when the sun and moon are aligned either on the opposite or same sides of the Earth. [Photos: Mysterious Objects Spotted on the Moon]
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:14 PM   #2
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uh oh, well I guess I can't be held responsible for the people I kill during this time, I mean it's not like you choose to be a fucking warewolf.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:18 PM   #3
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uh oh, well I guess I can't be held responsible for the people I kill during this time, I mean it's not like you choose to be a fucking warewolf.
Just say Nooooooo - oh - oh - oooooooooo
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I always feel good during a full moon. I'm going to be outside so I can suck up the super moon's magical powers.
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Hmm, CSaturday, eh? I might actually go outside to take a look at this then.
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It don't look any bigger now.
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I saw a big red blood moon before several times...
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I saw a big red blood moon before several times...
Yeah, a lot depends on atmospheric conditions.

Sometimes it looks 3 or 4 times bigger. I remember one time years ago, it wasn't even dark out. I think it was late afternoon. I couldn't believe it. We were sitting in traffic and I just kept staring.

It seems that it's always low in the sky when this happens. I'm not sure, but in all of the pictures I've seen and the few times IRL, that seems to be how it is.
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I saw a big red blood moon before several times...
That wasn't a moon...
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Yeah, a lot depends on atmospheric conditions.

Sometimes it looks 3 or 4 times bigger. I remember one time years ago, it wasn't even dark out. I think it was late afternoon. I couldn't believe it. We were sitting in traffic and I just kept staring.

It seems that it's always low in the sky when this happens. I'm not sure, but in all of the pictures I've seen and the few times IRL, that seems to be how it is.
I remember when a saw this phenomena as a kid. I was in a car and the moon was the colour of an ancient scroll, it also took up most of the window.
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I must be immature. I came in to this thread expecting a story about something other than our satellite.
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The moon ALWAYS looks bigger when it is on the horizon...; You have objects to compare it to...
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Yeah, a lot depends on atmospheric conditions.

Sometimes it looks 3 or 4 times bigger. I remember one time years ago, it wasn't even dark out. I think it was late afternoon. I couldn't believe it. We were sitting in traffic and I just kept staring.

It seems that it's always low in the sky when this happens. I'm not sure, but in all of the pictures I've seen and the few times IRL, that seems to be how it is.
yah the one I saw was low as well one time it sorta looked like a pizza! made me hungry and order a pizza! LMNASO
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I noticed that the moon looked bigger the other night on my way to work.
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As the first one to see the moon tonight may I say that ya it does look bigger! My sons and I took a moment tonight to observe it.
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As the first one to see the moon tonight may I say that ya it does look bigger! My sons and I took a moment tonight to observe it.
Nothing to see over here as the sky is full of clouds. LOLOLOLOL
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Nothing to see over here as the sky is full of clouds. LOLOLOLOL
Those aren't clouds, it's the backside of a huge space mirror the chinese are using to hog all of the beauty that would otherwise wash down on the Phillipines.
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The earth looked bigger, albeit momentarily but still....

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Its cloudy out, suppose I can hope it clears before tonight
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Finally the sky's clearer, I can see the moon itself now. Instead of the moonlight illuminating just the clouds, there's moonlight reaching through our 2nd floor window and into the floor (the lights are turned off; the only other sources of light are the PC and monitor).
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We were out observing the moon tonight as we have an EXCELLENT view from the street and what a marvelous sight! I can't recall the last time the moon was so ominous/luminous in the night sky, I had to wear sunglasses! Seriously.

We got more than we bargained for, I had to stop a couple people who were walking down the street to confirm what we were witnessing as we could not believe our eyes! Let me just say my objective view of "reality" and my perspective changed immensely tonight. Not because of the moon. I am very interested/excited to see what the future has in store for us.

My friend and I observed for over an hour and we had a total of 4 people observing for roughly 15/20 minutes, we were/are blown away! I wish I had some good optics that would've allowed me to capture what we saw. Hopefully we weren't the only one's.
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We were out observing the moon tonight as we have an EXCELLENT view from the street and what a marvelous sight! I can't recall the last time the moon was so ominous/luminous in the night sky, I had to wear sunglasses! Seriously.

We got more than we bargained for, I had to stop a couple people who were walking down the street to confirm what we were witnessing as we could not believe our eyes! Let me just say my objective view of "reality" and my perspective changed immensely tonight. Not because of the moon. I am very interested/excited to see what the future has in store for us.

My friend and I observed for over an hour and we had a total of 4 people observing for roughly 15/20 minutes, we were/are blown away! I wish I had some good optics that would've allowed me to capture what we saw. Hopefully we weren't the only one's.
If you were trolling me. Congrats. Very well done.

If not, that sounds very, very nice and I'm extremely envious. It's been overcast for day's here - I think. It was last night and prior to that it had rained for a few days. So once again I was snaked on seeing some interesting astronomy.

A simple 8x30mm binoculars is a good investment for such things. The magnification is low enough that you don't need a tripod. However for sky watching, go for a narrow field of view. Most bino's try to sell you on an ultra wide FOV, but I think for seeing some thing in night sky you want something with a more narrow focus.
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