Did You See The Supermoon on Saturday?


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Did you see the beautiful Red Moon on Saturday? I had to squeeze this post in before continuing our discussion from previous post because of a rather historical event that occurred on Saturday, March 19, 2011.  According to NASA, Saturday’s full moon looked about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than a normal full moon (hence Supermoon), as it was about 31,000 miles closer to Earth than when it is at the farthest point of its orbit.  The name SuperMoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979.   The last supermoon occurred 18 years ago and the next one won’t happen until 2029. Did you know that moonlight is simply the reflected light from the sun?  So when the Earth, the Moon, and the Sun are perfectly aligned, we earthlings would actually see the moon as a Red Moon.

A perigee-syzygy or “supermoon” is a full or new moon that coincides with a close approach by the Moon to the Earth. The Moon’s distance varies each month between approximately 357,000 kilometers (222,000 mi) and 406,000 km (252,000 mi) due to its elliptical orbit around the Earth (distances given are center-to-center).

Now, please allow me to share some wonderful photos and a video link for you:

A supermoon image of March 19, 2011

The supermoon of March 19, 2011 (on right) compared to a more average moon of December 20, 2010 (on left).


There is also a pretty good link/video clip by NASA on Supermoon at the site:



A NASA image of the perigee moon of March 19, 2011, over Washington D.C. near the Lincoln Memorial

March 2011 supermoon rising over the Atlantic Ocean

We will continue our discussion on availability of solar radiation, looking at data and map, in my next blog.  Thank you for your patience.  Posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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