I admit it. The moon is always in astronomical proportion. *grin* Because it’s an astronomical object. Get it?! Ha ha…ha. Okay, it’s not that funny.
I promised to tell you about this event a few months ago. Come Saturday the moon will be in greater proportion than normal, 12 to 14% larger and up to 30% brighter. Tomorrow, May 5, 2012 at 10:35 CST USA brings us a supermoon (there is at least one every year). A supermoon occurs when the moon is in perigee* — that is the moon is as close as it gets to Earth during its monthly circle (or rather elipse) around us — at the same time the moon is full. A few years ago, we were treated to a rare event of a super harvest moon. I remember the night very well. It looked like the moon was floating above my back yard. It was magnificent.
Father moon will be super big tonight and Sunday night, too. I could go into super (moon) detail about how this works, but I’ll let NASA do that. They created and shared a terrific video on the May 2012 supermoon. Indeed, the only thing that could make this video better is if Neil deGrasse Tyson had narrated it, because he is my future husband.**
“When no moon is in the sky to spoil the show, you typically see 10 to 20 meteors per hour at mid-northern latitudes and perhaps twice that number in the Southern Hemisphere, for the Eta Aquarid shower. This shower is like most others in that the best time to watch tends to be during the wee hours before dawn.” — Earthsky.org
Be sure to look up the next few nights. It’s sure to be a beautiful sight!
** Although he might be my past husband — a husband in a past life I mean. If anyone on the gods’ green Earth is a Time Lord, it’s this badass.
*** My astrological sign!
**** Halley’s Comet is visible to us every 75 to 76 years. The last time we saw it was in 1986, so it will be a long while before she swings by again.