Sunday, January 11, 2009

Fullest Moon of 2009

This little seagull looked lost.
He appears to be howling at the moon.

I love the reflection of the moon in the water.

It's called a perigee moon. Last night, January 10, 2009, was the biggest full moon of 2009. It is 14% wider and 30% brighter than it will be any other time this coming year. Here is an explanation I got from the NASA website:

Johannes Kepler explained the phenomenon 400 years ago. The Moon's orbit around Earth is not a circle; it is an ellipse, with one side 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other. Astronomers call the point of closest approach "perigee," and that is where the Moon will be this weekend.
Perigee full Moons come along once or twice a year. 2008 ended with one and now 2009 is beginning with another. It's the best kind of déjà vu for people who love the magic of a moonlit landscape.
I had already missed the best part when I found out about this. The moon is supposed to be at its fullest as it rises over the tree line. Jason emailed this information to me from work. As soon as I read his email, Kali and I jumped in the car and headed to Crystal Lake. I need a better zoom, but I thought these were worthy of sharing :).

8 comments:

BECKY said...

Hi Alice! Gorgeous moon shots, there!! Interesting info as well. I had no idea that the moon is sometimes a "fuller" full moon!

You live in Melrose?? I use to come up there every year to Lake Swan Camp for ladies retreat! I love it up there and have so many fond memories of time spent there!

Have a beautiful day!
Becky

FeeBeeKay said...

More beautiful photographs! And the colours are just amazing. Hope you had a great weekend and are all set for a good week ahead!

FeeBeeKay

Tracy said...

great shots! I SAW the moon...but was a Photographer without her camera (just die)...gonna try and get a pic tonight, when it rises a bit more!

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Simply lovely! I always enjoy your pictures!!

Mildred said...

What incredible pictures! Hope you will have a wonderful week.

Rick said...

Hello Alice. I just noticed that you became a follower of my blog. I am honored - truly.

Yes, I saw that moon last night. It was as if somebody had turned the light on!!

Thanks again! Stay Tooned!!

FeeBeeKay said...

Hi Alice, just wanted to say thank you so much for your lovely comment - visiting your blog is always a total pleasure and joy. Look forward to hearing all about your trip when you get back. Safe travels and Godspeed on your journey.

FeeBeeKay

topaztook said...

Wow, you take some great photos! I love your blog background, too -- did you do that yourself?

(Thanks for visiting my Show and Tell Friday about the teapots a week or so ago...I'm just now catching up on the blog visits I owe!)



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