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Extra-bright moon dazzles

2012-05-06 17:40

Paris - A super-full and extra-bright moon dazzled the night skies this weekend as the lunar body swept along the low point of its elliptical orbit around the Earth.

The so-called lunar perigree brings the moon about 50 000km closer to the Earth than when it's at the farthest point of its oval orbit.

When a full moon coincides with this low point, as it did overnight from Saturday to Sunday, it appears especially bright and large, with observers often able to make out craters and other lunar features in clearer detail than normal.

Nasa says the perigree full moon appears about 14% larger and 30% brighter than other full moons in 2012.

Super-full perigree moons occur about once a year on average.

Comments
  • derekneilmaclachlan - 2012-05-06 18:46

    It also seems to affect people's minds 15% more...all the nutters have come out of the woodwork today!!!!

      renesongs - 2012-05-06 21:24

      They not called lunatics for nothing

      Jill - 2012-05-07 07:49

      I looked and looked but still couldn't see ET or any of his friends....even the man (or woman) in the moon was elusive. What I did see though was a most wonderous celetial object that really is a marvel to behold. I felt like I wanted to reach up and touch it. Absolutely beautiful.

      Jill - 2012-05-07 08:40

      Couldn't believe my comment got a thumbs down...instead of giving my comment a thumbs down why not own up and tell me what it is about my comment that offends you.... Actually on second thoughts, maybe you did see the man in the moon and are offended that I never said so :)

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-05-06 18:57

    Fully agree DEREK ,one person in particular lives in New Hanover. The DEPT. of ENVIROMENT have decided in their narrow minds not to disclose info re. rhino kills!! ,and tonite the poachers will be out big time.

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