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the moon is getting to it's perigee, so it'll be a 'supermoon' March 19th 2011



Don't Be Afraid of the Extreme Supermoon!

by Tim Ballisty, Editorial Meteorologist


The Moon is getting bigger and it's orbiting closer to Earth. Run for your lives!

No, don't do that actually. What's about to happen on March 19 is not terribly out of the ordinary.


The March full moon will be the closest (to the Earth) and largest full moon of 2011. Why? It comes down to the fact that the Moon's orbit around the Earth is not a perfect circle, it's an ellipse in fact.


One side of the Moon's orbit is actually roughly 31,000 miles closer to Earth than the other side of its orbit.

When the Moon's orbit takes it the farthest away from Earth, the Moon is at its apogee. When it makes its closest approach, the Moon is at its perigee.


So not only will we have a full Moon on March 19 but the Moon will also be at its perigee. This means that the Moon will appear big in the night sky and it will be very bright; a sight to see for sure!




The best time to take a look at this full, perigee moon is when the moon is located near the horizon on the evening of March 19. Direct your eyes to the eastern horizon during the 7 and 8 o'clock hour. Per science.nasa.gov, low-hanging Moons look unnaturally large when they beam through trees, buildings and other foreground objects for reasons not fully understood by astronomers or psychologists.


Predictions of major disasters due to the extreme supermoon are simply not true. Yes, an historic earthquake and resultant devastating tsunami struck Japan on March 11. And yet another major natural disaster may very well occur on March 19 but it won't be because of the Moon. The most significant impact from the perigee moon will be the Perigean tides.


According to NASA and NOAA, a perigee Moon brings with it extra-high "perigean tides" but this is nothing to worry about. In most places, lunar gravity at perigee pulls tide waters only a few centimeters (an inch or so) higher than usual. Local geography can amplify the effect to about six inches.


So don't believe the disaster hype that you might come across on the internet(s) and in the twitterverse but do grab your camera or cell phone and snap a picture of the big bright orb!



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Cool. I'll probably be getting drunk that night but I will be sure to check the moon from windows/on smoke breaks.

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I almost made this thread yesterday.


Pretty stoked about it.





























Stoked br0, stoked.

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hey gnarly br0sefs.


the last moon thread came out pretty well, lotsa contributions

it would be awesome if we could do it for the supermoon too




i think i might try for some on the 18th as well, who knows, maybe tonight.

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pissdrunks, this ain't supertangas.

it's supermoon.


wonk sagggggin

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That's what I expected before I even looked in here. 12oz, you have let me down.

Here's a superblackmoon:


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