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OT: MOON ON 12/22

This was just emailed to me and I thought you all might enjoy it.  This would be a good photo opportunity for someone who might have iris reblooming to take a nocturnal photo.
Patrick Orr
Zone 9 Region 15
Member: AIS, TBIS, SDIS (local)
> Look at the moon on December 22!
> This year will be the first full moon to occur on the winter solstice,
> Dec. 22, commonly called the  first day of winter.  Since a full moon on
> the
> winter solstice occurred in conjunction with a lunar perigee (point in
> the moon's orbit that is closest to Earth)  The moon will appear about
> 14%
> larger than it does at apogee (the point in it's elliptical orbit that
> is farthest from the Earth) since the Earth is also several million
> miles
> closer to the sun at this time of the year than in the summer, sunlight
> striking the moon is about 7% stronger making it brighter.  Also, this
> will be the closest perigee of the Moon of the year since the moon's
> orbit
> is constantly deforming.  If the weather is clear and there is a snow
> cover
> where you live, it is believed that even car headlights will be
> superfluous. On December 21st. 1866 the Lakota Sioux took advantage of
> this combination of occurrences and staged a devastating retaliatory
> ambush on soldiers in the Wyoming Territory.
> ::::::::In laymen's terms it will be a super bright full moon, much
> more than the usual AND it hasn't happened this way for 133 years!
> Our ancestors 133 years ago saw this.  Our descendants 100 or so years
> from now will see this again.
> Enjoy your moon!

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