Monday’s Super-Miserable Moon

November 13, 2016

super-moon-1-anees-petermanSunshine and chilly this Sunday morning here on California’s north coast, supposedly no rain until tomorrow evening, and then a decent-sized system will splash through for a couple of days, carrying a cold-front, too.
Tis the season…

Attempting to seep beyond the T-Rump escapade, early Monday will trigger a lifetime event for me — I was born in November 1948, and about 3 o’clock tomorrow morning, an outlandish “supermoon,” not seen since my birth 68 years ago.
This a phenomenon where a full moon gets to the closest point to earth during its orbit, and at the same time.

(Illustration: ‘Super Moon #1‘ by Anees Petermanound, here).

Last evening, I got to watch the full moon rise from the east — clear as a bell off my back patio. At least for a little while, as an hour or so later, clouds obscured the full show, but even with the overcast, the light was still bright, with the added aspect of all the weird-looking rings around it.
Tomorrow morning’s version is reportedly 14-percent closer and 30-percent brighter than than rest of the full moons this year. November’s full Moon is known as a Beaver Moon.
Next one similar is scheduled for November 2034 — I’ll turn 86.
Yeah right…

A few details on Monday’s moon — via Space.com:

On Monday (Nov. 14) at 6:15 a.m. EST, the moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2016: a distance of 221,524 miles (356,508 kilometers) away.
This distance, which is measured from the center of the Earth to the center of the moon, is within 85 miles (137 km) of the moon’s closest possible approach to Earth; to be sure, this is an extreme perigee.
Two hours and 37 minutes after perigee (the moon’s closest point to Earth), the orb will officially turn full.
In recent years, the media has branded full moons that coincide with perigee as “supermoons,” and this month’s full moon will likely get a lot of extra attention since it will be the closest since Jan. 26, 1948. [Supermoon November 2016: When, Where & How to See It]
The Slooh Community Observatory will offer a live broadcast for November’s full moon on Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. EST (0100 GMT on Nov. 14).
You can also watch the supermoon live on Space.com, courtesy of Slooh.

And now back to earth — Newt Gingrich on Face the Nation — yuk!

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