Our Glorious Moon
My husband and I took our dog, Gracie, and walked by the lake to observe the Super Moon on Saturday, March 19. It slowly rose in all it’s glory on the horizon….bright orange with a ripple of color over the water. This night the Moon was a Super Moon.
- “The “Super Moon” will pass by Earth at a distance of 221,567 miles – the closest pass in 18 years . It is known as lunar perigee and a normal lunar perigee averaging a distance of 226,425 miles happens once every orbital period. This occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth (perigee) in a given orbit.
- Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth. When a full moon rises while it’s at apogee, the disk we see will be brighter and larger.
- __________The moon is not round (or spherical). Instead, it’s shaped like an egg. If you go outside and look up at the moon, one of the small ends is pointing right at you. And the moon’s center of mass is not at the geometric center of the satellite; it’s about 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) off-center. Earth, likewise, bulges in its midsection.
- When the moon is closest to Earth (called its perigee), spring tides are even
higher, and they’re called perigean spring tides. Some of Earth’s rotational energy is stolen by the moon, causing our planet to slow down by about 1.5 milliseconds every century.
- Each day, though not at the same time, the moon comes up in the East and goes down in the West — much like the sun and other stars and for the same reason Earth rotates, on its axis, toward the East, pulling celestial objects into view and then forcing them to slip away. The moon also makes an orbital trip around Earth once every 29.5 days.
Beethoven must have looked up into the night sky and was inspired to composed his great work.
Truly, God has blessed earth with the glory of the moon. (See video below)