Full-Moon On Saturday Largest In 20 Years

March 18, 2011


There's a full moon Saturday and it's gonna appear the largest it has in almost 20 years, and won't happen again until 2029. So yeah, probably a good idea to give it a peep just in case shit hits the fan in the meantime (which it WILL). Also, be sure to tell all your friends so they think you're space-hip. Then casually drop some names like Carl Sagan and J.K. Rowling Stephen Hawking to really knock their moon-boots off.

"The last full moon so big and close to Earth occurred in March of 1993," said Geoff Chester with the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington. "I'd say it's worth a look."

Full moons look different because of the elliptical shape of the moon's orbit. When it's at perigee, the moon is about 31,000 miles (50,000 km) closer to Earth than when it's at the farthest point of its orbit, also known as apogee.

"Nearby perigee moons are about 14% bigger and 30% brighter than lesser moons that occur on the apogee side of the moon's orbit," the NASA website says.

This full moon will rise in the east at sunset and should look especially big at that time because of what's known as the "moon illusion."

Damn, I don't think I saw the last one. 1993, that would have made me *counting on fingers* forty-four. Wait *recounting* twelve -- I would have been twelve. Not sure how I screwed that up the first time. I'm gonna be honest though, I probably didn't care about the moon too much at twelve. Pogs and magic-eye picture books, yes. Some things never change!

Weekend full moon the biggest in about 20 years [cnn]

Thanks to Evil Ares, who wanted me to give him credit for making the moon BUT I REFUSE. You're evil, you' don't deserve it!

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