Saturday, January 10, 2009

World to witness Biggest Full Moon of Year tonight January 10, 2009

Saturday night of January 10, 2009 will be the most watched night by the sky onlookers as the world will witness another ‘perigee Moon’ which had earlier occurred in December 2008.

It will a kind of eye-delight for people who love the magic of a moonlit landscape. This perigee Moon is the biggest full Moon of this year.

Johannes Kepler explained the phenomenon 400 years ago. The moon's orbit around Earth is not a circle; it is an ellipse, with one side 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other. Astronomers call the point of closest approach "perigee" and that is where the moon will be Saturday night.

Perigee full Moons come along once or twice a year. 2008 ended with one and now 2009 is beginning with another.

People of northern hemisphere have another reason to look at the moonlit Saturday night. January is a snowy month in the northern hemisphere hence the combination of snow + perigee moonlight will be the astounding experience for the people here.

Scientists say the perigee Moon spreads such a white light that you can even read a newspaper, ride a bike and even write a letter. Another magic moment happens when the perigee Moon is near the horizon. That is when illusion mixes with reality to produce a truly stunning view.

So, this Saturday night don’t miss the Biggest Full Moon of Year and take the otherworldly experience that really must be sampled first hand.


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