Alright, so hopefully you all got to go out into the night and feast your eyes upon our recent SUPERMOON. It is the biggest moon since 18 years!! On March 19th 2011, the moon was the closest to the Earth at about 221,565 miles (356,575 kilometers) from the surface.
It was said to have been 14% larger and 30% brighter than our normal moon. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see the moon at it’s biggest due to crummy rainy cloudy weather. I did see it on the 23rd when I was driving back to LA around midnight from northern California- and I was in AWE. The moon was an amazing orange/golden tint..and huge! I was bummed I didn’t get to see it on the night where it was the LARGEST..guess I’ll have to wait another 18 years for that to happen. Let’s hope for clear skies that night!
The moon is very important with the movement of the ocean tides- luckily this large supermoon did not have a large enough effect to cause any natural disasters in terms of the ocean. Although, the tides were quite large none-the-less.
I wanted you to see some of the pictures of the SUPERMOON that people uploaded to the Discovery News website. Please CLICK HERE to check out the photos.
While searching the internet- here are some of the best I chose. These are all accredited to the blog: http://www.educatinghumanity.com
I think people take for granted how amazing our skies our. I hope you can go out tonight and marvel at the stars and distant planets beyond our galaxies. Who knows…maybe we will travel there one day in the near future.
Count me in to go to the MOON!