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Astronomy Picture of the Day Super Moon vs. Micro Moon
NASA ^ | November 29, 2012 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 11/30/2012 7:40:02 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Explanation: Did you see the big, bright, beautiful Full Moon Wednesday night? That was actually a Micro Moon! On that night, the smallest Full Moon of 2012 reached its full phase only about 4 hours before apogee, the most distant point from Earth in the Moon's elliptical orbit. Of course, earlier this year on May 6, a Full Super Moon was near perigee, the closest point in its orbit. The relative apparent size of November 28's Micro Moon (right) is compared to the famous May 6 Super Moon in these two panels, matching telescopic images from Bucharest, Romania. The difference in apparent size represents a difference in distance of just under 50,000 kilometers between apogee and perigee, given the Moon's average distance of about 385,000 kilometers. How long do you have to wait to see another Full Micro Moon? Until January 16, 2014, when the lunar full phase will occur within about 3 hours of apogee.

November 29, 2012

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; science
[Credit & Copyright: Catalin Paduraru]

1 posted on 11/30/2012 7:40:13 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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Soon, I’ll be caught up, and stay that way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eFi4p_m3K4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg9HWrDh8zY


2 posted on 11/30/2012 7:41:35 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

"Boo yah!"


3 posted on 11/30/2012 7:43:29 PM PST by COBOL2Java (GOPe: Already prepping for their 2016 loss - Jeb Bush!)
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To: SunkenCiv

When does the moon reach perigee again?

Need to rotate in new earthquake supplies the week before.


4 posted on 11/30/2012 7:43:33 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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5 posted on 11/30/2012 7:43:43 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: BenLurkin

Be sure to stock a lot of Perrier for perigee. Sorry, that sounded a little like parody. I pericee what the real info is for you. I peribee gone for a while.


6 posted on 11/30/2012 7:47:45 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

The micro moon never threatens to kill us all.


7 posted on 11/30/2012 7:48:41 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: SunkenCiv

A parody for perigee!


8 posted on 11/30/2012 8:29:40 PM PST by NCC-1701 (The LEFT's intolerance of the RIGHT is intolerable.)
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To: cripplecreek

Are the werewolves smaller under a micro full moon?


9 posted on 11/30/2012 8:43:30 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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