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  1. #1
    Another Belizean Guest

    Full Moon

    Is it me or the moon is bigger and brighter than normal?

  2. #2
    zenflower Guest

    No it's not just you, everyone will see a bigger moon tonight.

    Year's Biggest Full Moon Friday Night

    Thu Dec 11, 1:45 pm ET AP The Moon illuminated in close proximity Venus during a spectacular display of celestial rare phenomenon The full moon Friday night will be the biggest one of the year as Earth's natural satellite reaches its closest point to our planet.

    Earth, the moon and the sun are all bound together by gravity, which keeps us going around the sun and keeps the moon going around us as it goes through phases. The moon makes a trip around Earth every 29.5 days. But the orbit is not a perfect circle.

    The moon's average distance from us is about 238,855 miles (384,400 km). Friday night it will be just 221,560 miles (356,567 km) away. It will be 14 percent bigger in our sky and 30 percent brighter than some other full moons during the year, according to NASA.

    Tides will be higher Friday night, too. Earth's oceans are pulled by the gravity of the moon and the sun. So when the moon is closer, tides are pulled higher. Scientists call these perigean tides, because the moon's closest point to Earth is called perigee. The farthest point on the lunar orbit is called apogee.

    Some other strange lunar facts:

    The moon is moving away as you read this, by about 1.6 inches (4 centimeters) a year. Eventually it'll be torn apart as an expanding sun pushes the moon back toward Earth for a wrenching close encounter.
    There is no proof the full moon makes people crazy.
    Beaches are more polluted during full moon, owing to the higher tides.

    The moon will rise Friday evening right around sunset, no matter where you are. That's because of the celestial mechanics that produce a full moon: The moon and the sun are on opposite sides of the Earth, so that sunlight hits the full face of the moon and bounces back to our eyes.

    At moonrise, the moon will appear even larger than it will later in the night when it's higher in the sky. This is an illusion that scientists can't fully explain. Some think it has to do with our perception of things on the horizon vs. stuff overhead.

    Try this trick, though: Using a pencil eraser or similar object held at arm's length, gauge the size of the moon when it's near the horizon and again later when it's higher up and seems smaller. You'll see that when compared to a fixed object, the moon will be the same size in both cases.

    You can see all this on each night surrounding the full moon, too, because the moon will be nearly full, rising earlier Thursday night and later Saturday night.

    Interestingly, because of the mechanics of all this, the moon is never truly 100 percent full. For that to happen, all three objects have to be in a perfect line, and when that rare circumstance occurs, there is a total eclipse of the moon.

  3. #3
    Another Belizean Guest
    "......It will be 14 percent bigger in our sky and 30 percent brighter than some other full moons during the year........"........Dayum, I'm good. I caught it from early this morning (approx. 6:45 am). For some reason, it seemed so very close and bright and illuminating.

    This morning, the view I had made me wish I had my camera. I almost turned back for it as I was only minutes from home. It was the most beautiful setting I've seen in such a long long time, it made my morning (but I kept on going). Then coming home from work was almost the exact same setting/emotions I felt. I think its simply beautiful. Wish it was warmer so I could've sit and watched it for hours. I hope I get to take a pic of it tomorrow.

    With my 45 minute drive I also noticed this and thought the same...... "......At moonrise, the moon will appear even larger than it will later in the night when it's higher in the sky....... Some think it has to do with our perception of things on the horizon vs. stuff overhead......"

    At a glance you don't realize it but after a really good look ".... the moon is never truly 100 percent full....." You have to pay close attention however as it's only off by a mere fraction.

    Thanks for posting zenflower, very interesting read.

    I remember years ago (and I also posted it here once or twice) I used to be miserable for absolutely no reason and could never figure it out, as I had nothing to be miserable or irritated about. Well one night I had an errand later than normal and off the porch I observed that the moon was full and I looked up at it (just to admire it) and it brought such a calmness over me that I could not explain, but was relieved that my moodiness that I couldn't control nor put a finger on, disappeared. So it was funny that if I ever felt those unexplainable emotions, I would go and check to see if it's a full moon and acknowledge it and I would feel better. I also remember a board member not relating to my moodiness/the full moon (can't remember who it was - probably MR ).

  4. #4
    scotchbonnet Guest
    AB, from the little I know of it, you are not alone in this.
    It has to do with something on a cellular level. The fluid content in our microscopic cells gets affected the same way the ocean waves gets affected. It pulls in surrounding fluids from our tissues in and out of the cells the same way. This messes with our whole body.
    I'm not good at cellular biology so I can't explain it well.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2001
    Riversdale, Belize
    "Aye Godd, drinkin Cokee Coley and smoking cigarettes are gonna be the ruination of this country.

    Now this here corn cob pipe and a morning swig of corn whiskey --
    they are the absolute needcessities!"

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