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Monday, May 7, 2012


We took a spontaneous trip up to the park last night with a blanket and three exhausted-but-wired kids in tow.  Why?  Well to see the supermoon, of course.  We caught wind of this event on Facebook (another point for social networking) and decided that checking it out was worth whatever trauma we might encounter from the troops.  They did well, though, and we didn't have to stay long to appreciate the view - it was pretty chilly, the grass was wet, and some teenagers with a telescope and foul mouths showed up to give us a perfect excuse to pack up and head home.  Fun, fun family excursion!

Here are some fun facts about a supermoon:

~ the technical name for a supermoon is perigee-syzygy (good luck figuring out how to pronounce that)
~ a supermoon is generally bigger and brighter than at any other time of the year, though the difference is so slight that supposedly you can't tell with the naked eye
~ 2011's supermoon was 240 miles closer than this year's, and next year's will be even farther away

{see fun facts above to stem the tide of misinformation I spew in this video}  :)

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Daniel said...

Man I love your kids! Cool supermoon too. I don't think England ever sees a supermoon........or the regular moon for that matter. Too cloudy. :)

Marcia said...

NICE. Lovely grainy moon. So your camera doesn't do night so well?