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 – Photo credit: Steve Montalto
To view more photos of the June 22-23 Supermoon go here.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.