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Moon puts on Super Global show, Saturday evening

06/05/2012 | By | 1 Reply More

Moon puts on Super Global show, Saturday evening



Photo from Halldór Sigurðsson of Reykjavik, Iceland

A lunar light show circled the globe Saturday, May 4, 2012, rewarding many moongazers with bright, crisp detail of the full moon’s craters and basins.

Moon puts it’s Super Global show, yesterday evening which scientists, name a “perigee”. The annual phenomenon occurs once a year.

NASA said the moon appears about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons.

That’s because it will be as close to Earth as it will get for a while — just over 221,000 miles away.

An Icelander, Halldór Sigurðsson, snapped the yellowish-ochre orb perched on the shoulder of a mountain overlooking Reykjavik, Iceland.

“The colors were spectacular,” says Sigurðsson, 47. “The weather here for viewing the moon rise could not have been better.”

Residents of the mainland United States received similar conditions at 11:34 p.m., ET, the peak of this year’s “super moon” CNN reports.

Moon time

Photo from Halldór Sigurðsson of Reykjavik, Iceland

Photo from Halldór Sigurðsson of Reykjavik, Iceland

The best time to see the event is just as the moon crosses Earth’s horizon. The moon always looks biggest then, although the reason why is a bit of a mystery. Viewing the moon behind buildings and trees creates an optical illusion so it appears even larger, making it a perfect time to try to grab some beautiful pictures.

So why is this full moon so super?

As the moon makes its elliptical orbit around Earth, there are specific times when it is closest to and farthest away from our planet. Apogee occurs when the moon is farthest away from us, and perigee occurs when it is closest.

Experts say viewers may not notice a noticeable size difference, given there are no reference points when the moon is high overhead.

Super moon is a situation when the moon is slightly closer to Earth in its orbit than on average, and this effect is most noticeable when it occurs at the same time as a full moon,” James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, said in 2011. “So, the moon may seem bigger although the difference in its distance from Earth is only a few percent at such times.”

Please enjoy this video below, from Reykjavik, Iceland.


More pictures can you find on Sigurðsson’s Facebook address:


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