Biggest Baddest Moon This Year!

By: Susie77 , 11:25 PM GMT on January 28, 2010

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[ I just made up that bad part to get you to look.... lol ]

Space Weather News for Jan. 28, 2010
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FULL MOON AND MARS: Friday night's full Moon is the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year. It's a "perigee Moon," as much as 14% wider and 30% brighter than other full Moons you'll see later in 2010. But that's not all. Mars is having a close encounter with Earth, and on Friday night, Jan. 29th, it will join the Moon for an all-night-long conjunction. Don't miss it! Sky maps and images may be found at http://spaceweather.com.

FLYBY ALERT: NASA is preparing to launch space shuttle Endeavour on Feb. 7th. It's the last night launch of the shuttle program and it kicks off a 13-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS). You can follow the ISS and Endeavour as they streak across the night sky using our new Satellite Flybys app for the iPhone or iPod Touch. Details at http://simpleflybys.com.

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15. Susie77
10:39 PM GMT on January 31, 2010
Aw, little 'snow bird'. :)
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14. unclemush
5:45 AM GMT on January 31, 2010
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13. Susie77
12:42 AM GMT on January 31, 2010
Thanks, Patrap... how beautiful.
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12. Patrap
7:58 PM GMT on January 30, 2010


Biggest Moon of 2010

Author: Don Martelli
Published: January 29, 2010 at 7:23 pm
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There's something about a full moon that still gets people interested in what's above this earth and what explorations are still left unexplored.

Looking up at the sky this evening and star gazers will be rewarded with the biggest full moon of 2010. Additionally, the full moon will have a little bonus to it %u2014 Mars. The red planet will present itself just to the left of the moon.

According to Native American tradition, January's full moon is also called the wolf moon.

The 2010 wolf moon will appear 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than any other full moon this year, because our cosmic neighbor will actually be closer to Earth than usual, according to a National Geographic report.

The moon will be at its closest proximity to the earth for 2010 at 4:04 a.m. ET Saturday, reaching a distance of 221,577 miles (356,593 kilometers) from Earth.

At its farthest from Earth, the moon is said to be at apogee. Perigee (closest) and apogee each happen generally once a month, but the moon's wobbly, oval-ish orbit means that the satellite's exact distance at each of those events varies over the year. The moon's phase can also be different during each apogee and perigee, according to the National Geographic report.

As coincidences would have it, Mars will be at opposition tonight directly opposite to the sun. So as the sun sets in the southwest, Mars rises in the northeast.

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11. shoreacres
7:54 PM GMT on January 30, 2010
I got to see it in the middle of the night - cleared out just enough for it to be really pretty, tucked behind tiny clouds. Then, it disappeared again. We're trying to clear out, but it's not happening as fast as predicted.
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10. Susie77
7:51 PM GMT on January 30, 2010
Clear here tonight!
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9. auburn (Mod)
3:22 AM GMT on January 30, 2010
I cant see it for the clouds
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8. Susie77
2:44 AM GMT on January 30, 2010
Nice thievery. :)
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7. unclemush
9:59 PM GMT on January 29, 2010
Quoting Susie77:
Uncle, did you take that pic? Beautiful!
I took it out of wu pictutes and put it here. :)
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6. Susie77
9:49 PM GMT on January 29, 2010
Uncle, did you take that pic? Beautiful!
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5. surfmom
8:10 PM GMT on January 29, 2010
Great Night to Sing w/your Dog!!

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4. unclemush
2:23 PM GMT on January 29, 2010
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3. Susie77
12:14 PM GMT on January 29, 2010
Snow here tonight, so no moon for us either. Just messed up traffic. :)
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2. unclemush
11:29 PM GMT on January 28, 2010
My line would have been--Bad moon rising.Guess I can't say that now.Hum I got nothing.:)
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1. shoreacres
11:28 PM GMT on January 28, 2010
Well, it worked! I took a wonderful photo of the last perigee moon setting through a lovely Belt of Venus, but I don't think I'm going to have a shot at this one... or maybe I will.

All depends on quickly that front that's currently wreaking havoc in OK moves through here tomorrow. I believe that mess is moving NE - I know folks in StL were on the OKC tv4 chatboards tracking it. You may not see the moon, either!
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