In the darkness the trees are full of starlight (henwy) wrote,
In the darkness the trees are full of starlight

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Made of Supercheese

It turns out that tonight is the night of the Supermoon. The phenomenon is defined as:

a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit (perigee). In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth.

and apparently happens a couple times a year or thereabouts. I'd never actually heard of the term before but it's apparently been trending up on the various search engines over the past few days. There are some whackjobs out there who believe that it was in some way responsible for the earthquake in Japan and the ensuing tsunami. They're currently predicting additional devastation to follow as the moon moves closer and sucks at the earth with its fearsome gravity.

It's a shame really. I found out about this yesterday and thought it would be sorta spiffy to actually step outside and take a look for myself. Every once and a while you get that optical illusion where the moon is near the horizon and looks twice its normal size. I was curious if the supermoon meant it actually got close enough to actually seem bigger without the optical tricks. Oh well. It's not like I'm really missing anything, and even if I were God knows I've missed far more important things of late.
Tags: science, supermoon

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