May 8, 2012

SandBoxBlogs: Steamboat Today "Jimmy Westlake: ‘Super moon’ or super hype?"

Could our favorite astronomer, Jimmy Westlake have missed the real point??

That the stir amongst the folks over the 'supermoon' was because of its beauty?

That they can't remember a previous 'supermoon' that looked so close to the earth?

He's entitled to a miss just like anyone else.  Today's morning photo is Westlake's not so pretty but the most interesting shot of last weekend's 'supermoon'.

Jimmy Westlake:
"I can’t help but chuckle a little when the news media pick up on a rather mundane celestial event and blow it way out of proportion. Such was the case with this past weekend’s so-called “super moon.” I heard one TV talking head announce that the moon would look 60 percent larger than normal in our sky. Let me see if

I can help set the record straight.

Of course, we have a full moon once every month, so nothing is unusual about that. Occasionally, two full moons will fall into one calendar month, and this non-event is dubbed by some as a “blue moon.” Unusual?

Yes, but nothing to get all that excited about. And because of the moon’s non-circular orbit around the Earth, it swings in to its perigee, or closest point to Earth, once per month, then swings out to its apogee, or farthest point from Earth, also every month. Happens every month, so nothing unusual about that, either....." (Read more?  Click title)

Photo Credit:  Jimmy Westlake

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