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Full Moon view from earth In Belgium (Hamois).

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It’s very bright out there tonight – a super moon, they tell us. It seems so close you can reach out and touch it. How many love songs have the beau reaching up and plucking the moon from the sky for his SO?  “Full moons come in different sizes because of the elliptical shape of the moon’s orbit — one side of the ellipse is about 31,000 miles closer to Earth than the other. When the moon is closest to Earth (at its perigee), it is 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than when it’s farthest from the planet (at its apogee).” (ABC News)
Apparently tonight the moon is at the nearest point to earth since 18 years. This, of course. is probably “ho hum!” for astronomers but fascinating and awesome for lay folk like myself. Happy Super Moon Night!

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