Fullest Moon in 15 Years Tonight!

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    Bewerewolves: Fullest Moon in 15 Years Tonight


    Prepare yourself for a sight tonight — not to mention some wild behavior, if the legends are true. The biggest full moon in 15 years is set to grace the Northern Hemisphere tonight.

    Because the moon orbits along an egg-shaped ellipse, not a circle, its distance from us changes. Today, the moon is approaching its nearest point to Earth, so it should look about 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than this year's other full moons,
    according to NASA.

    Since the moon takes about 28 days to orbit Earth, it reaches its point of closest approach, called perigee, about once a month. But since the moon's orbit isn't a perfect oval — rather, it wobbles — some perigees are closer than others. Tomorrow's approach will be the closest the moon has come to Earth since 1993.

    On top of that, tonight's moon will become full just four hours after perigee. The next time these two events will coincide will be in 2016.

    The full moon isn't the only boost we get from this special alignment: Tides should be especially big, too. Lunar gravity at perigee pulls tide waters about an inch higher than usual.


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    I was just outside checking the Christmas lights and it's beautiful! It's just like Cosmo's moon in Moonstruck. :smile:
     
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    And I think people have been acting seriously crazy all week. I have. And I think it's related. What a shame tonight in New York city it is very cloudy and we can see nothing.
     
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    you know....I hadn't even thought of it that way....but you are so right. Everyone around me at home and work (and even myself) have been acting completely crazy......
     
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    Kids always seem to act really crazy during the week of a full moon. Just a side note.

    I just looked outside my window. It's beautiful and large tonight.
     
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    Jeff how may times have I told you not to look into my windows?
     
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    I just heard about it on the radio but we've got heavy clouds and scattered rain showers all night :frown1:
     
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    just checked it out -- wow!

    very big! very bright!
     
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    It's raining here in Hartlepool tonight. Can't see a thing! :frown1:
     
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    Stupid rain
    stupid clouds
    :mad:
     
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    It is awesome, I am out of the city for a weekend of hunting, and here where there are no outdoor lights it is beautiful!! THANKS njqt466
     
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    hunting?
     
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    Beaver? It's Friday night after all!
     
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    Nope no beaver, actually deer/wild hog hunting in Southern Georgia.
     
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    Nice; little clouds going through it. Why are my arms getting furry?
     
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    I read about this on MSN. Amazing.
     
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    No wonder it was so easy to find the newspaper under the deck tonight.
     
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    just checked it out. Not as big as i thought, but whoa! it was bright!

    thanks for the heads up, NJ. :smile:
     
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