Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Moon is in Perigee Tonight


Well, Perigee is the fancy technical word for what the moon is doing tonight.

When the moon is in Perigee it is closer to earth than when it is in Apogee.

Thanks a lot, Herman.  Could you just speak in layman's terms.

Ok. This means the moon tonight will look like it is 14% bigger, though of course the size does not change.  It is just closer so it looks bigger.

This event happens about every 18 years.

And this is one of those '18 year' events.

So, if your sky is clear and the moon is out where you are tonight, you will want to go out and take a look.

Viewing hint: The moon will appear to  be especially large at moonrise and moonset, though, of course, all night long will be wonderful for viewing this event.

To read more about this, HERE'S THE LINK