Get ready to be moonstruck (again) this Saturday

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  1. Hyro-Sama
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    If you missed it last year, the super perigee moon is back for an encore performance.

    On Saturday, the moon will be up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than the other full moons of 2012, according to NASA.

    That's because it will reach perigee, its closest point to Earth in its elliptical orbit, at 11:34 p.m. ET and become full just a minute later.

    Super perigee moons happen about once a year on average, but the moon of March 19, 2011, was nearly 250 miles closer than this week's moon, prompting wild calamitous speculations.

    When the moon is on the perigee side of its orbit, it's about 31,000 miles closer to Earth than the apogee side. The only effects expected are slightly higher tides and many beautiful photos.

    The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which is associated with Halley's comet, will coincide with the coming perigee moon. Its light will likely dim all but the brightest meteors.

    It should be a gorgeous display if the weather cooperates. The moon will appear largest and most dazzling when it's near the horizon, as seen in this photo gallery showing last year's super moon.

    So get your tripod out, figure out the best lunar exposure, and snap away!





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  2. Zerosuit connor

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    Majora's mask Style!
     
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  3. ShadowSoldier

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    Ugh, crap. This is totally going to screw up the cows at work. BOO!
     
  4. LINK289

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    (Since it happens once a year) THREE YEARS, THREE YEARS, THREE YEARS!!!

    I should make a useless sentence so the majority of my post isn't full caps. < That should be enough :D
     
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  5. ZAFDeltaForce

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    Thanks for the heads up.

    I keep missing these kinds of things :(
     
  6. shakirmoledina

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    ah fantastic but i dont think i will be at home
     
  7. ferofax

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    we gon' get Moonblinked!
     
  8. Bladexdsl

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    the moon is getting closer and closer each time prob in December the moon is gonna crash into us [​IMG]
     
  9. lostdwarf

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    I have my telescopes ready! webcam in one, dslr on the other.
    Can't wait!
     
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  10. Guild McCommunist

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    I may have actually seen this last year. I remember getting home and looking up to see this utterly massive moon in the sky. It was incredible but I wasn't able to get a good picture of it unfortunately.
     
  11. beta4attack

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    Beware werewolves!
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  12. FireGrey

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    hmm.. i might as well go swimming that night.
     
  13. Janthran

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  14. ShadowSoldier

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    God I hope the moon blows up lol, it's already having an effect for the stock at work. I don't like having to hit the cows and shock them D:
     
  15. Skelletonike

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    If the moon ceased to exist, I'm pretty sure that would have percursions in the Earth.
     
  16. ShadowSoldier

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    Eh, who cares. This planet is going down the shitter anyways.
     
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    I was seriously thinking that same thing when reading the title.
     
  18. Zetta_x

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    Maybe that's why they were sending missiles to the moon, they want to prevent a majoras mask
     
  19. Gahars

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