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OT: [Fwd: Brightest Moon? Not True! ** here's the real story!]

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Subject: Brightest Moon?  Not True!  ** here's the real story! 
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Enjoy it ANYWAY!  JSC

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>From: Russ Durkee <rdurkee@smm.org>
>Subject: Brightest Moon?  Not True!
>Hello All,
>Over the last week or so we have seen several all staff messages and
>numerous news reports about the "Brightest Moon in 133 Years".  Well, it
>turns out that this claim is untrue.
>The combination of Full Moon, low point in lunar orbit, and winter solstice
>are not all that rare. Most recently, it happened in December of 1991 and
>1980.  In fact the moon was Full and perigee on the exact date of winter
>solstice in  1912, when the Earth was 356,375 km from the Sun.  Making the
>moon brighter and closer than it was 133 years ago or this year!  Actually
>the 1893, 1912, and 1930 solstice resulted in full moons that were closer
>and brighter than either  1866 or 1999!
>Don't get me wrong, if it is clear, next week's event will be great fun.
>If it is clear, I will be in the backyard with my telescope taking it all
>in.   But as employees of the Science Museum we owe it to ourselves and our
>visitors to get the facts straight.    Spread the word about this
>event...but spread the truth, not media hype.
>Russ Durkee
>Russ Durkee
>Exhibit Prototyper
>The Science Museum of Minnesota
>30 E. 10th St.
>St. Paul, MN 55101

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