Monday, November 07, 2016

"Good Night, Moon"

The waxing crescent

6.8 days old

43.7 percent lit

November 16, 2016
By Matt Campbell

Game 7 was the best. The election is the hugest.
And the coming full moon on Nov. 13-14 will be super. In fact, the superest.
Assuming no clouds, it should appear bigger and brighter.
The moon orbits the Earth on an ellipse, bringing it periodically closer. The closest point is called the perigee. At these times, our satellite is just 221,524 miles or so away.
This coming perigee will coincide with a full moon, called the Beaver Moon. That is not so unusual, but this will be the closest full moon so far in this young century.
In fact, the last time it was this full and this close, Harry S. Truman was in the White House and the calendar said 1948. The moon will not be this full and this close to Earth again until November 2034. Who will be president then?...

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