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Moon expected to seem bigger, brighter tonight

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Weather Watch ...from the A.M.

Did you know the moon actually orbits around Earth along an elliptical path and not one that is circular?

If you look in the sky tonight, the moon may look a little different and it's because of that elliptical orbit. The moon will be closer to Earth tonight, making it the largest full moon of 2010. According to spaceweather.com, the full moon tonight will not only look wider, but also brighter. This is called the perigee Moon. Mars will also be much closer tonight.

Mostly cloudy skies are expected to linger into tonight for much of the area, so it may not be until early Saturday morning that we have a better view of this moon. If you happen to see it, take a picture and send it to us.

Comments

Shane Garrett 4 years, 10 months ago

Aaaaah, hooooo!! to all my fellow howlers.

superduper 4 years, 10 months ago

Instead of having to go look for your self, here are some good facts to back up this article.

Perigee is when the moon is closest to the Earth, 221,473 miles.

Apogee is when the moon is farthest from the Earth, 252,722 miles. The difference is 31,249 miles from Earth or 62,495 in elliptical orbit.

This happens every 27.56 days and is called the anomalistic month.

One interesting stat that gives you some idea of how close it really is, or far....The distance to Australia is 1/20th the distance to the moon. It's really not that far at all.

The Earth also has an elliptical orbit around the sun, Perihelion and Aphelion.

superduper 4 years, 10 months ago

That's not to say that every Perigee moon is a full moon. That's why this night is special.

superduper 4 years, 10 months ago

jack: Just use your x-ray binoculars to see it.

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