Friday, January 29, 2010

Biggest and brightest full moon of 2010 tonight

 I don’t know if we (here in Humboldt County) will get clear enough skies to view this first full moon of 2010.

We’ll find out     tonight.

As a bonus, Mars will be just to the left of the moon tonight

Photo source:NOAO/AURA/NSF

This enhanced image of the moon was taken with the NOAO Mosaic CCD camera, using two NSF telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory. The moon is superimposed on a separate image of the sky.


“Tonight's full moon will be the biggest and brightest full moon of the year. It offers anyone with clear skies an opportunity to identify easy-to-see features on the moon.

This being the first full moon of 2010, it is also known as the wolf moon, a moniker dating back to Native American culture and the notion that hungry wolves howled at the full moon on cold winter nights. Each month brings another full moon name.”

Go here to read the whole story.

Full moon craziness
Many people think full moons cause strange behavior among animals and even humans. In fact several studies over the years have tried to tie lunar phases to births, heart attacks, deaths, suicides, violence, psychiatric hospital admissions and epileptic seizures, and more. Connections have been inclusive or nonexistent.

The moon does have some odd effects on our planet, and there are oodles of other amazing moon facts and misconceptions.

1 comment:

Jay said...

I haven't been sleeping well for the past few nights - I wonder if the spotlight hanging in the sky has something to do with that...