Sunday, June 23, 2013


Archdruid Eileen answers questions about the supermoon.
Q - What exactly is the Supermoon?

A - It's when the Moon suddenly becomes much larger than normal. This makes it considerably brighter and more massive.
This one snippet will serve to send you over to the site of the Beaker Folk to read the rest of the Q&A.

Last night the moon was beautiful and appeared full, but I gather tonight is the night.

The photo is from NASA and was not taken tonight.

UPDATE: The supermoon was gorgeous here this evening.


  1. The moon doesn't _suddenly_ get larger and apparently the difference in size between perigee and apogee is not really perceptible to the human eye (however a full moon on the horizon is still a splendid sight).

    (I note that we have rain predicted here in the SF Bay area, something almost unheard of for late June, so am unlikely to have a good view of the moon tonight.)

    1. Erp, Eileen's entire post is tongue-in-cheek.

      I'm going out now to see what I can see. I should have gone earlier.

    2. Tongue in cheek? It's all based on Real Science. Which I probably read in the UK's respected Daily Mail.

    3. Sorry, Eileen. My mistake. I'll let you and Erp thrash it out about the size of the moon. I know better than to go up against the Archdruid.

    4. And reprinted in the National Enquirer?

      Alas my observational skills yesterday were low.

    5. Yes, the piece also appeared in the National Equirer. We all have days like that, Erp.

  2. overcast here so no viewing the moon but for those who are - my favorite ditty

    I see the moon
    and the moon sees me
    The moon sees the somebody I'd like to see.
    God bless the moon
    and God bless me
    God bless the somebody I'd like to see!

    1. The little song I know is somewhat different.

      I see the moon
      The moon sees me
      Shine through the leaves of the old oak tree
      Please let the light that shines on me
      Shine on the one I love.

    2. My first sight of the supermoon tonight was through the leaves of our oak tree.


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