Winking at the Perigee Moon
May 6, 2012
Unless you live in a box, or maybe were offline for the last, I don’t know, few weeks, you must have heard about 2012’s supermoon, the full moon that appears to be the largest all year. That is because it is actually 14% closer and 30% brighter than it is at its farthest point. Given its elliptical orbit around the Earth, the moon loomed last night at the apex of proximity called “perigee”.
At its peak, it cut through the crack between our curtain and the wall. Although it was cloudy last night, its illumination pushed through the sky like a rocket. I rolled over, gave it a smile and a wink, then rolled over again to my dreams.
Here’s NASA’s take on the supermoon. They should know. They’ve been there!