Okay, this has to be one of the oddest ties-ins to a post of mine, but here it goes.
Yesterday, I was wandering around taking photos for a future post I am planning to do and I noticed how clear and blue our skies are here in Uruguay. After living in Seattle for 18 years and living with cloudy overcast weather (even in summer), I now truly appreciate the intense blue color above me.
So, upon coming back to my house and thinking about the spectacular day I had enjoyed it was just a natural progression to start thinking about how clear our nights are too! At night, I often enjoy looking at the Milky way that seems to hover directly above my house and also enjoy the fact that I now am quite familiar with the Southern Cross formation of stars.
But tonight, I will be looking at the moon, the "Super moon" expected to shine!
closer orbit than usual. Especially, because it happens to be a full moon tonight, Saturday the 19th, 2011 and the sky is due to be relatively clear, it is a "must see" this evening.
The moon is due to rise at 8:10 pm so be ready and seated at 8pm.
At 3pm eastern daylight time the moon will be at its closest to earth since 18 years ago, at 221, 565 miles (356, 575 Kilometers) away. The next time this will occur is in 2016. Theoretically the moon is only truly full for a few seconds that's why you have to be ready and seated waiting for it to occur!
To have a moon become full within 50 minutes of it's also being so close to the earth is just Super or in this case a "Supermoon".