Sunday, March 20, 2011

Reality and the "Supermoon"

I don't usually post images from my own telescope on this blog, but I will break with tradition tonight.   You have likely heard all the fuss about the "Supermoon."   The reality is is that it is a whopping fifteen kilometers closer to earth than its closest approach last year (four one-thousandth of one percent!).  That's it.  Other than a bit of trivia that provides a great excuse to go out and look at the oft-neglected moon, there is nothing more to it.  The end.

Below is a view of the moon on the evening of March 19, 2011 ("Supermoon" night), with a 10-inch telescope through a thin layer of clouds.  

Image Copyright Ted Stryk

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