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What is a SuperMoon? + Photos

The Moon is the only natural satellite of the Earth and the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System.

A full moon will make its closest approach to Earth this year, on June 22 into June 23, and it won’t be your regular once a month full moon because it will look more impressive than any full moons seen so far in 2013.

This most recent occurrence of a Supermoon  when the moon is the closest and largest full moon of the year and the Moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. It will not be so close again until August 10, 2014.

There were Supermoons in 1955, 1974, 1992, 2005 and March 2011.

A Supermoon is a full or new moon at its closest approach (called lunar perigee) the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, this will make the size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth, look somewhat larger.

The term “Supermoon”, technically called a Perigee Full Moon by  astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, and is the term used to describe when the moon is full or new and is at 90% or greater mean perigee distance to Earth.

The Perigee Full Moon rising over Oakhurst, CA last night. Photo credit: Steve Montalto

The Perigee Full Moon rising over Oakhurst, CA – Photo credit: Steve Montalto

To view more photos of the June 22-23 Supermoon go here.

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Image Credits:

SuperMoon on March 19th, from Pitt T. Maner III : Daily Speculations

The 2012 Supermoon over Valencia, Calif., by AccuWeather Astronomy fan on Facebook, Dan C.

astrodynamics.net

and Bing Image Search.

a apogee moon and supermoon

Apogee (Apoapsis), a noun, in (astronomy) the point in its orbit farthest from the body being orbited; the point in its orbit where a satellite is at the greatest distance from the Earth

Perigee (Periapsis), a noun, in (astronomy) the point in an orbit closest to the body being orbited; the point in its orbit where a satellite is nearest to the Earth

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Christian Sculptures Displayed in Groom, Texas

These are the pictures of the crucifixion of Christ,
Sculptured from metal by a man near Amarillo, TX.
The crosses are made of metal also.
The man did this out of the kindness of his heart.
Someone donated the land on which to erect them.
The display is about 70 miles from Amarillo on
I-40 outside of town called Groom, TX.

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IN CHEMISTRY, HE TURNED WATER TO WINE.

IN BIOLOGY, HE WAS BORN WITHOUT THE
NORMAL CONCEPTION.

IN PHYSICS, HE DISPROVED THE LAW OF 
GRAVITY WHEN HE WALKED ON WATER
AND THEN LATER, ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN.

IN ECONOMICS, HE DISPROVED THE LAW OF
DIMINISHING RETURN BY FEEDING 5000 MEN
WITH 2 FISHES and; 5 LOAVES OF BREAD.

IN MEDICINE, HE CURED THE SICK AND THE
BLIND WITHOUT ADMINISTERING A SINGLE
DOSE OF DRUGS.

IN HISTORY, HE IS THE BEGINNING AND
THE END.

IN GOVERNMENT, HE SAID THAT HE SHALL
BE CALLED WONDERFUL COUNSELOR,
PRINCE OF PEACE.

IN RELIGION, HE SAID NO ONE COMES
TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH HIM;

SO, WHO IS HE?

HE IS JESUS!

IN GOD, I'VE FOUND EVERYTHING!
Amen.

 

 

All Photos and Information – received via a forwarded email.

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Memorial Day 2013 – Thank You Prayer

Soldier on hill holding an American flag

Lord hold our troops in your loving hands.

Protect them as they protect us.

Bless them & their families for the selfless

acts they perform for us in our time of need.’

In Jesus name,
Amen

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‘Twilight Zone’ and Space Day!

old tv with twilight zone image on screen

I never knew that every May 11 is Twilight Zone Day but as I just found out it is…
Happy ‘Twilight Zone’ Day every one!


Twilight Zone show intro

Today we also celebrate Space Day and the San Diego Air & Space Museum is having it’s 10th Annual Space Day Celebration. There are all kinds of activities, demonstrations and giveaways. You can even meet a real astronaut, Garrett Reisman! Astronaut Reisman has made two trips on Space Shuttles, the Endeavour, Discovery, and the Atlantis. He was a crew member on the International Space Station and he has made three “Space Walks”.
The museum is located in beautiful Balboa Park which is also home to the famous San Diego Zoo.

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I don’t know why but I’ve always been drawn to outer space, the vastness, mystery, and beauty seen in images taken by the different telescopes.

My family often went for Sunday afternoon drives when I was growing up. An activity that brings back both unpleasant and happy memories. The bad part of these Sunday drives was the fact that I suffered terribly from motion sickness and every time I ended up sitting on the floor with my head on the seat, eyes closed and trying to  make the feeling I was going to loose my breakfast of pancakes and eggs at any moment go away. Thankfully the feeling left within a few minutes of arriving and stopping the car.

One of my favorite destinations was the Palomar Mountains north-east of San Diego to the Mt. Palomar Observatory. There was a small museum that had large color photos taken using the 200-inch telescope and these wonderfully beautiful photos were hung all around the museum walls. There also was a full size copy of the 200-inch mirror made of concrete on the floor in the center of the room that all of us kids wanted climb on because it’s surface was smooth as a playground slide but of course that wasn’t allowed. You could look through these large glass window and see the telescope and the chair that the astronomers sat in while looking out into space at all the stars and planets, oh how I wanted to sit in that chair!

Below are a few of my favorite images of our galaxy.

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