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Old 05-06-2012, 04:35 AM
 
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Good article and some wonderful pictures.

BBC News - Bigger and brighter 'supermoon' graces the night sky

"A "supermoon" has graced the skies, appearing bigger and brighter than usual, as it comes closer to the Earth - and is likely to bring higher tides.
The phenomenon, known as a perigee full moon, means the Moon appears up to 14% bigger and 30% brighter than when it is furthest from the planet."
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:19 AM
 
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That's funny, I was looking at the moon the other night and though it looked unusually big and bright. Guess I'm not losing my mind after all.
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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I noticed it last night... It was one of the brightest nights I can remember!
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Old 05-06-2012, 07:49 PM
 
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Was looking forward ROM seeing this but it was too cloudy. It did seem brighter than usual Friday night.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:18 PM
 
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Saw it last night too. Very bright and big and orange.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:24 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I found it curious that the NASA site said it could "appear" up to 14% bigger, but an Indian astronomer figured it out that it was 11% larger than the smallest full moon. Aside from suggesting why tech support has gone to India, it also points out the hype. According to the media, this is an earth-shattering event. About all I noticed was that the mockingbirds were out in full force. 11% from the smallest - 5.5% above the average. I'm too lazy to say whoop-de-do, would someone do it for me?
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Texas
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"11% from the smallest - 5.5% above the average."

OK, so you are now talking about the smallest mockingbird to the above average mockingbird???
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Old 05-09-2012, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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May I show you a moon?

The mockingbirds were really hilarious the other night. They do imitative calls, and there were two regular ones and a third in the distance almost like a soft echo. Ducklike calls, rasping calls, a few that sounded like sane birds, I can understand why people started going nuts on nights with a full moon. The joys of country life.
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