Supermoon 2017

December 9, 2017
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DSC_0399 (2)Supermoon 2017. Photo copyright by Darla Sue Dollman. 

This is one of the best shots I managed of the 2017 Supermoon. It was a bit dark, but I like the details.

The Supermoon was, quite simply explained, the closest the moon has been to the earth since January 26, 1948. It created quite a stir on social media, mainly because the next time the moon will be this close will be on November 25, 2034, which will work out find for my grandchildren, but not so great for people of my generation.

DSC_0400 (2)I now live in the city and it’s difficult to take quality pictures of nature. This is the only other decent shot I managed and it’s considerably darker. Photo by Darla Sue Dollman, copyright 2017. 

A “Supermoon” cannot leap tall buildings in a single bound, nor does it travel faster than a speeding bullet like Superman. The Supermoon is a full moon that occurs when the new moon is closer to the earth than other times.

Another name for the Supermoon is a Perigee. When it is the farthest away from the earth it is called an Apogee.

The moon does not “circle” the earth, but moves in an elliptical motion with one side closer to the earth than the other side, and this means that the distance between the moon and the earth will vary from night to night. The average distance, though, is 382,000 kilometers.

 

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