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Brightest and Biggest Moon in 2010

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    Brightest and Biggest Moon in 2010 Just after turning Sun into a ring of fire on 15th January as new moon, the coming full moon on 30th January night has
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 22, 2010
      Brightest and Biggest Moon in 2010

      Just after turning Sun into a ring of fire on 15th January as new moon,
      the coming full moon on 30th January night has something in store for
      all of us. It will not only shine brighter but will appear bigger as
      compared to other full moons during this year. To put it in simple
      words - The full Moon of January 30th is the biggest and brightest full
      Moon of the year. Is this an illusion or some gimmick played by a TV
      channel? No, its something which mother nature has kept in store for
      us.

      Some full Moons are genuinely larger than others and this coming
      Saturday's Moon is quite BIG. Why? The Moon's orbit is an ellipse with
      one side 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other: diagram. In the
      language of astronomy, the two extremes are called "apogee" (far away)
      and "perigee" (nearby). On Jan. 30th, the Moon becomes full 3 hours
      after reaching perigee, making it around 15% bigger and around 30%
      brighter than smallest full Moon we are going to see in rest of the
      2010.

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      So why moon looks bigger or smaller? Things when are faraway look
      smaller and when are closer look bigger. So moon at perigee will look
      bigger than the rest of the positions of moon in its orbit around the
      earth. And if perigee happens within short span of the full moon, it
      will look BIG!!!! Try this simple exercise. Hold your thumb very close
      to your eye, it will cover all your view and as you move the thumb away
      from your eyes, it will appear smaller.

      Still not clear? Have a look at the images of the two full moons
      clicked by the SPACE team in 2007 and you will know the answer.



      Moon captured near Apogee and Perigee



      So don't sit at home on 30th Jan evening, go out and see the bright
      shining full Moon, The biggest in 2010.




      Regards

      Shikha

      Coordinator

      SPACE




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