Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Big, bright and annoying? (Depending on what you like)

The full moon on Dec. 12 is the biggest, brightest, and closest of the year. The moon is at perigee this time (closest to Earth) and will be 357,448 km away - apogee, it's at 405,363 km. The Geminid meteor shower is also at about this time (Dec, 13-14) so you might as well forget about that, not much will be seen due to the moon.
Let's see if we get clear skies for the full moon here in Seattle, it never fails. I think more clear nights happen on the full moon than a non-moon night. Frustrating for us deep-sky observers!

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