Friday, December 12, 2008

Bad moon rising?

The moon's orbit around the earth is elliptical, not circular, so sometimes it's closer than at other times. Tonight is one of those times.

The unusual part of this otherwise perfectly normal event is that the moon is also full tonight. If it's not cloudy, we'll see the biggest full moon in a long time.

The full moon has psychological effects on many people - real effects, psychologicaly measurable, and not usually good. We call raving madmen 'lunatics' for a good reason.

So if you're out watching the moon tonight, don't forget to watch out for lunatics too!
Oh and don't forget the Geminid meteors. They start tonight and usually last for three nights.
Update at 8pm Saturday: It was overcast with rain all last night and it looks like being the same again tonight. If anyone gets any good photos, let me know!

1 comment:

Southern Writer said...

I don't know what my problem is, but I'm the person who's generally bundled up in a blanket watching the showers in January.

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