Monday, March 21, 2011

The super moon

March 19th, 2011 was the first super moon in 18 years. 

NASA says, the Moon "will be around 17,000 miles (27,359 km) closer than usual as it rounds Earth in its elliptical orbit." Don't get too excited; that's still 221,567 miles (356,578 km) from Earth, so it's not exactly "close." The effect of this change of distance is that the Full Moon will be appear 14% bigger than usual. 

 The kids, Kevin and I went outside and looked at it.  It was beautiful and you could see more detail but I think we expected it to look quite a bit larger.  We took a bunch of pictures of it and had a couple turn out pretty good!

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