Super Moon Rising
"I see a bad Super Moon A-rising..."
(with apologies to Creedence Clearwater Revival)
The Full Moon of March 2011 rises above the eastern horizon on a chilly March evening. The March 2011 Full Moon taken through a telescope at the observatory. This is the "Full Worm Moon".
Some people have taken to calling this Full Moon a "Supermoon" due to it's closeness to the Earth at this time. While it has been the closest in the past 18 years, there's nothing really "super" about it. In fact, it's only about 0.7% closer than the previous full moon in February. But the media got a hold of it, and ran with the story without checking the facts. As usual. :)
It was still a beautiful sight to behold as it rose in the eastern sky. In fact, we weren't the only people parked on the side of the road watching. There must have been 3 or 4 other cars on the side of this country road.
Moon Data at time of exposure:
Distance from Observer (me): 221549 miles (356549km)
Altitude above horizon: 0.57 degrees
Location in sky (Constellation): Virgo
(Made "Explored" #383. Cool)