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I braved mosquitoes. I ventured down the road at dusk, praying I didn’t meet any skunks or coyotes out for a stroll. And I balanced precariously on a lawn chair and a wooden bench, knees bent, camera poised, breath held, trying to snap just one cool photo of Sunday’s Supermoon. I tried…

We have one new moon, and one full moon every month. Supermoons occur every 13 months and 18 days. Supermoons are the alignment of a full or new moon with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit around 31,000 miles or 50,000 km closer to earth than when it is furthest away from the planet. The end result is a moon that is 30% brighter and 14% larger than any other full moon of the year.

I may have to satisfy myself this week with seeing just the moon. It’s the peak time for the perseids meteor shower but, as is usually happens, the clouds are rolling in, and I may be out of luck. I was going to share it with Little Guy this year…just super!

 

“I see the moon, the moon sees me
The moon sees somebody I want to see
So, God bless the moon and God bless me
And God bless the ‘Somebody’ I want to see” – James Merrill Brickman, I See The Moon

 

References:

http://www.timeanddate.com/

http://www.space.com/26779-supermoon-full-moon-august-2014-webcast.html

http://www.commdiginews.com/health-science/super-celestial-show-super-moon-tonight-perseids-this-week-livestream-slideshows-23485/#uAKoeSOArpXjb531.99

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermoon