Supermoon helps boatman navigating through the darkness

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On March 19, 2011 the Moon will pass by Earth at a distance of 356,577 kilometers 221,567 miles – the closest pass in 18 years. The name SuperMoon was coined by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, defined as: “...a new or full moon which occurs with the Moon at or near (within 90% of) its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit perigee. In short, Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with Moon in its nearest approach to Earth. The term supermoon is not widely accepted or used within the astronomy or scientific community, who prefer the term perigee-syzygy. The combined effect of the Sun and Moon on Earth's oceans, the tide, is greatest when the Moon is new or full. Supermoons exert an even stronger tidal force, resulting in more extreme high and low tides, but even at their most powerful this force is still considerably weak. Speculations of a link between the occurrence of supermoons and natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunami are extremely tenuous. Arguments have been made that natural disasters coinciding with years in which supermoons occurred were influenced by the Moon's increased gravitational strength, though because of the monthly alternation between lunar apogee and perigee such an argument cannot be supported unless the disaster in question falls on the actual date of the supermoon.

Photo of the SuperMoon rise at the Nature park and recreation area het Twiske located northwest of Amsterdam. Supermoon helps boatman navigating through the darkness. On the leftside the windmill of which the inside works is movable, build around 1572 and nowadays Robert-Jan Prins still take up residence.

Op zaterdag 19 maart 2011 is even na zeven uur 's avonds, een bijzondere maansopkomst te zien. De vol verlichte maan die boven de oostelijke horizon verschijnt, heeft de grootste afmetingen in bijna twintig jaar. De afstand van de maan tot de aarde bedraagt vanavond slechts 356.577 kilometer - de kleinste waarde van het jaar. Dat betekent dat de Volle Maan vannacht extra groot is, ook wel supermaan genoemd. Dat de maanschijf niet altijd even groot lijkt, komt doordat de baan die de maan om de aarde volgt geen cirkel is, maar een ellips. Hierdoor varieert de afstand - en dus ook de grootte - van de maan met ongeveer veertien procent. Bovendien geven de meest nabije volle manen ook ongeveer dertig procent meer licht dan de allerverste volle manen. Op het internet zijn nogal wat indianenverhalen over die supermaan te vinden. Zo wordt deze zelfs verantwoordelijk gehouden voor de aardbeving en tsunami die Japan onlangs troffen. Dat de maan op 11 maart zelfs verder van de aarde stond dan gemiddeld, wordt voor het gemak maar even vergeten. Overigens is het juist dat de maan op momenten dat Volle Maan samenvalt met zijn kleinste afstand tot de aarde iets sterkere getijden veroorzaakt dan normaal. Maar de invloed op de waterstand enkele centimeters valt in het niet bij de gebruikelijke verschillen tussen eb en vloed.

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  1. Structure & Spontaneity by .K. [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

    great shot. nice mood and reflections!

  2. horsemanship 37 months ago | reply

    Great work! Seen on Explore.

  3. Rita Crane Photography 37 months ago | reply

    special song of nature.

    Admired on:

    ***Galeria*** - a group´s icon

  4. prdsra6 37 months ago | reply

    Congratulations, I saw this wonderful photo in
    "as beautiful as you want" group

  5. atena-w. 37 months ago | reply

    Wow This is a dreamy photo!
    Perbacco! Questa è una fotografia trasognata!

    I saw this in


  6. PatrickSmithPhotography 37 months ago | reply

    This reminds me of one of those classic Dutch masters moonlit paintings!

  7. Lucia Celeste 37 months ago | reply

    Your picture is really great!
    I was in a place very similar that night, i was in the Uruguay in a sail boat... that night the moon was awsome, it was perfect for great shots!

  8. hans fotografeert 37 months ago | reply

    wat een plaat!!!!!!!!!

  9. Tony Borrach 37 months ago | reply


    Flickr Hive Mind Group


    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  10. Jodyvoshrotterdam 35 months ago | reply

    Wat een duidelijk verhaal,...........
    maar vooral zoveel sfeer,,,,,almost totally black,........

  11. gcardenas.450412 35 months ago | reply

    Congrats. !!!!!!!

  12. zPRIME 35 months ago | reply

    Wow. The colors are just insane! I have to say .. I'm impressed to like the nth degree! Thanks for sharing!

  13. jonab.buri {Bangladeshi} 32 months ago | reply

    Excellent clarity and perspective

  14. Yuji_in_Paris 24 months ago | reply

    Came back to see this amazing shot from last year!

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