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Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 10:55:24 -0600
From: Jane Snell Copes <email@example.com>
Subject: Brightest Moon? Not True! ** here's the real story!
Enjoy it ANYWAY! JSC
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>Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 09:09:54 -0500
>From: Russ Durkee <email@example.com>
>Subject: Brightest Moon? Not True!
>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.
>The Science Museum of Minnesota
>30 E. 10th St.
>St. Paul, MN 55101