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Moon

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Lawrence A. Parker/OCCTI (occti)
Thu, 16 Dec 1999 14:49:31 -0500


This year will be the first full moon to occur on the winter solstice, Dec.
22, commonly called the first day of winter. Since a full moon on the winter
solstice occurred in conjunction with a lunar perigee (point in the moon's
orbit that is closest to Earth) The moon will appear about 14% larger than
it does at apogee (the point in it's elliptical orbit that is farthest from
the Earth) since the Earth is also several million miles closer to the sun
at this time of the year than in the summer, sunlight striking the moon is
about 7% stronger making it brighter. Also, this will be the closest perigee
of the Moon of the year since the moon's orbit is constantly deforming. If
the weather is clear and there is a snow cover where you live, it is
believed that even car headlights will be superfluous.

On December 21st. 1866 the Lakota Sioux took advantage of this combination
of occurrences and staged a devastating retaliatory ambush on soldiers in
the Wyoming Territory.

::::::::In laymen's terms it will be a super bright full moon, much more
than the usual AND it hasn't happened this way for 133 years! Our ancestors
133 years ago saw this. Our descendants 100 or so years from now will see
this again. I hope someone else might find this interesting! Remember
this will happen December 22, 1999.

Enjoy your moon.

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