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Biggest Full Moon of 2008

Posted by Abhay On 12:46 AM
The full moon on the 11th of December was the biggest and brightest of 2008.
Did you know...

The full moon on the 11th of December was the biggest and brightest of 2008. The above picture shows two full moons taken through a 6-inch reflector telescope, six months apart. The full moon this month was found to be about 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than the earlier full moons this year.

The reason for this celestial wonder? Because the moon was closest to us between 11th and 12th December. The nearest point (Perigee) and farthest point (Apogee) on Moon’s orbit differs by approximately 55,000 Kms !

This could be a simple photography project that students and amateur astronomers can take up. Take full moon photos every month for one year. It will show the changes in the moon size due to its elliptical orbit round the earth.



Photo Credit: Naveen L Nanjundappa, Vice President, Bangalore Astronomical Society www.bas.org.in
Deccan Herald

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