Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Our New Supermoon

“The moon is a loyal companion.
It never leaves. It’s always there, watching, steadfast, knowing us in our light and dark moments, changing forever just as we do. Every day it’s a different version of itself. Sometimes weak and wan, sometimes strong and full of light. The moon understands what it means to be human.
Uncertain. Alone. Cratered by imperfections.” 
- Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Welcome the first NEW MOON of the year 2015 and the SUPERMOON to boost!  It is one of six perigee moons that we'll be blessed with this year.  January, February and March will bring us NEW supermoons while July, August and September will entice us with FULL supermoons.  Our current new moon will reach perigee (its closest point to Earth ) on 21 January, when it will come within 223,473 miles from Earth.

Now for the darker side of the matter.  Supermoon is great but we're talking about a new moon, meaning, we won't be able to see it.  What a buzz killer that is, isn't it?

Today our beloved satellite will hide in sun's glare all day long, rising with the sun at the sunrise and setting with the sun in the evening.  It will be with us all day long, watching over us and flirting with our oceans, more than usual as a matter of fact.  It is known that during period of new moon or full moon, higher-than-normal tides are expected along the ocean shorelines. When the new or full moon is combined with perigee (near Earth) moon, the tides are expected to reach even greater heights.

Here comes the fun fact.  Did you know that if you stood on the moon today, you would see a full Earth? Just imagine how amazing that would be.  Universe is magical and there is so much we haven't seen or experienced.  It really boggles my mind when I think about it.

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