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« Topic Start: December 12, 2008, 10:18:05 am »

Tonight (December 12) we'll get the biggest, brightest full moon of 2008 as our satellite makes its closest approach to Earth in its orbit:

http://salaswildthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/12/december-2008-full-moon-biggest.html

With any luck, we'll all have clear skies tonight
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« Reply #1: December 12, 2008, 03:57:50 pm »

Tonight (December 12) we'll get the biggest, brightest full moon of 2008 as our satellite makes its closest approach to Earth in its orbit:

http://salaswildthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/12/december-2008-full-moon-biggest.html

With any luck, we'll all have clear skies tonight

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« Reply #2: December 12, 2008, 04:27:59 pm »

Tonight (December 12) we'll get the biggest, brightest full moon of 2008 as our satellite makes its closest approach to Earth in its orbit:

I thought the moon looked larger than usual last night.  It should be nice here again tonight.
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« Reply #3: December 12, 2008, 06:41:44 pm »

Tonight (December 12) we'll get the biggest, brightest full moon of 2008 as our satellite makes its closest approach to Earth in its orbit:

http://salaswildthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/12/december-2008-full-moon-biggest.html

With any luck, we'll all have clear skies tonight

I drove home tonight shortly after the moon came up over the mountains.  Just beautiful!
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« Reply #4: December 12, 2008, 07:14:19 pm »

Tonight (December 12) we'll get the biggest, brightest full moon of 2008 as our satellite makes its closest approach to Earth in its orbit:

http://salaswildthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/12/december-2008-full-moon-biggest.html

With any luck, we'll all have clear skies tonight

   I caught a glimpse of Her thru a tiny break in the clouds.  So Beautiful.  There is "something" anout a Full Moon, in all Her glory, that practically drops me to my knees.  Seriously.     With our new s**w and the ice on the trees, the effect is magnificent !

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« Reply #5: December 12, 2008, 09:46:20 pm »

It should be nice here again tonight.

Lyric and I saw it as we were out looking at lights. It's a very bright moon.
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« Reply #6: December 12, 2008, 11:32:41 pm »

Tonight (December 12) we'll get the biggest, brightest full moon of 2008 as our satellite makes its closest approach to Earth in its orbit:

http://salaswildthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/12/december-2008-full-moon-biggest.html

With any luck, we'll all have clear skies tonight

we have a big fat gorgeous moon here, and my husband and son saw a shooting star as well-I didn't, though Sad I am hoping it will still be up when I go to the beach for a walk in the morning.
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« Reply #7: December 13, 2008, 01:09:51 pm »

   I caught a glimpse of Her thru a tiny break in the clouds.  So Beautiful.

We had crystal clear skies last night, so the moon kicked ass. My boyfriend, my niece, and I were in Times Square when we first saw it, and it outshone all the glittering manmade lights, which is no small feat in that part of town. When we got home, we went to the roof for a longer look; despite the city lights, we cast clear moonshadows, and Orion--normally an obvious constellation, even in the city--was almost totally washed out by the moon's brightness.

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There is "something" anout a Full Moon, in all Her glory, that practically drops me to my knees.  Seriously.


No argument from me. I could spout the science of the moon for days, yet let Her catch me off guard shining in the sky--full or gorgeous crescent--and it just hits a primal chord.

(Speaking of crescent, did anybody see the moon about 2 weeks ago, when its thin waxing crescent made a nearly perfect triangle in the western evening sky with Venus and Jupiter? I caught sight of that riding home from work on my bike, and I was so startled and riveted I nearly swerved into traffic.)

With our new s**w and the ice on the trees, the effect is magnificent !


It sounds amazing. (Any photos?) And thank you for not uttering the "s" word. (As a summer person, it makes me cringe.)
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« Reply #8: December 13, 2008, 01:28:10 pm »

Tonight (December 12) we'll get the biggest, brightest full moon of 2008 as our satellite makes its closest approach to Earth in its orbit:

http://salaswildthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/12/december-2008-full-moon-biggest.html

With any luck, we'll all have clear skies tonight

It was clear and bright and wonderful here!  And, we saw a shooting star on the way out to see her! 

My younger daughter loves "mother moon" and talks and sings to her.  She knows the phases and can tell when she's waxing or waning (at three!).  Last night, I thought she'd go crazy because the moon was so bright, but I think there was a bit too much energy.  She was very excited walking out, as we could see the brightness before we even got to the clearing.  Once we were there, though, my daughter glanced at the moon and then she clung to me and buried her head in my shoulder, and wouldn't look again.  Weird, huh?
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« Reply #9: December 13, 2008, 01:47:07 pm »

(Speaking of crescent, did anybody see the moon about 2 weeks ago, when its thin waxing crescent made a nearly perfect triangle in the western evening sky with Venus and Jupiter? I caught sight of that riding home from work on my bike, and I was so startled and riveted I nearly swerved into traffic.)


  Yes.  It was one of our all too rare clear nights.    Stunning.  I did try to get a pic. of that... but too tiny and farr away.   *sigh*

It sounds amazing. (Any photos?) And thank you for not uttering the "s" word. (As a summer person, it makes me cringe.)

   Sadly no photos from last night.

  I rarely say or write the "s" word.   If i do actually use that word...we Get it !!    We're up on a ridge that seems to be in the path of any and all clouds bearing s**w. lol.

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« Reply #10: December 13, 2008, 01:50:43 pm »

.  Once we were there, though, my daughter glanced at the moon and then she clung to me and buried her head in my shoulder, and wouldn't look again.  Weird, huh?

  Not weird at all.   I've been overwhelmed myself at the sight.    Left speachless and teary eyed.

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« Reply #11: December 13, 2008, 02:10:21 pm »

Tonight (December 12) we'll get the biggest, brightest full moon of 2008 as our satellite makes its closest approach to Earth in its orbit:

I was in northern Indiana and while I couldn't get a peek from the driver's seat, the shadow of the truck was very clear and distinct. Smiley

When I worked nights on the horse farms, I learned that when the Moon was clear and half-full or more, I could check fields better by turning off the lights of the truck and using Moonlight.  Once the eyes adapt, they're fine.  If I had to use the spotlight, it was 'count the dots and divide by two.'

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« Reply #12: December 13, 2008, 05:57:26 pm »

Tonight (December 12) we'll get the biggest, brightest full moon of 2008 as our satellite makes its closest approach to Earth in its orbit:

http://salaswildthoughts.blogspot.com/2008/12/december-2008-full-moon-biggest.html

With any luck, we'll all have clear skies tonight
I checked it out too. We had passing clouds here, which made the sky veryvery pretty. I didn't think the moon looked any bigger than usual (maybe I wasn't looking at the right time), but it sure was BRIGHT!!! Smiley I thought, "Man, if I had to sleep outside, I don't think I would be able to!" haha.
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