Home » News & Blogs » Was that the biggest Full Moon of the year in January?
Bookmark and Share
The Urban Astronomer

Was that the biggest Full Moon of the year in January?

5 Mar 2009, 05:47 UTC
Was that the biggest Full Moon of the year in January?
(200 words excerpt, click title or image to see full post)

I am sometimes asked questions about astronomy themes that people hear in the popular media. In January friends sent me links to articles about the "biggest full moon of the year" and they made special efforts to get out and see this particular full moon. What was all the fuss about? Was it worth it?First this thought: I am as captivated as anyone with the Moon. It is our closest neighbor and it has so many things to offer if you are ready to put in the time to study it. Most amateur astronomers put their telescopes away when the Moon is full, but in fact there is much to see using a simple telescope or binoculars such as the beautiful, large craters Tycho and Copernicus, or the large seas such as the Sea of Tranquility (also known as Mare Tranquillitatis, where Apollo 11 landed).Back to the "biggest moon" discussion: As the Moon makes its 29 1/2 day journey around the Earth, the path it follows is an ellipse. The average distance from the Earth is about 240,000 miles, but the actual distance of the Moon from the Earth at any given time in its orbit can range 12,000 miles ...

Latest Vodcast

Latest Podcast

Advertise PTTU

NASA Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

astronomy_pod