Full Moon Thoughts

This month’s full moon is a special one, known as a “super moon.” As it rises, it will be the closest to Earth at any time this year and 20% brighter than a normal full moon. It’s worth paying attention to it just for that reason.

But of course things on Earth are unusual in other ways now. Many people feel confused and constricted. All the more reason to step out the door or stick your head out the window and look at the moon.

I’ve heard there’s less human-produced light in urban areas, as many businesses and venues are closed. That means stars are easier to see. Even the International Space Station can be seen easily if you know when and where to look.

But the main reason to look at the moon right now is because it’s the same moon in the same sky for all of us, no matter where we are or in what situation. Something worth thinking about.

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  1. We have eyebrow windows in our bedroom, too high for anyone to see in, so they are uncovered. The moon shone through and woke me up two nights ago. Before I was fully awake I wondered, “Who turned the light on?”:-)

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  2. It’s also known by other names. Phlash Phelps on Sirius FM called it the Strawberry Moon and according to Wikipedia: “Pink moon” is just a nickname from folklore — a reference to moss pink, or wild ground phlox, whose pinkish flowers are among spring’s earliest flowers in the eastern United States. April’s full moon is also called the sprouting grass moon, the egg moon and the fish moon.

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    1. That term began to be used a few years ago. According to Wikipedia, it’s a popular term. The scientific term for the phenomenon is “perigee syzygy,” which I’d never heard of until I looked up “supermoon.”

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