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These images have been chosen for their uniqueness. Subject matter ranges from
historic events, to really cool phenomena in science and engineering, to relevant
place, to ingenious contraptions, to interesting products (which now has its own
dedicated Featured Product
January 29th's full moon was the biggest
and brightest full moon of 2010. This being the first full moon of 2010, it is also
known as the wolf moon, a moniker dating back to Native American culture and the
notion that hungry wolves howled at the full moon on cold winter nights. Each month
brings another full moon name.
The picture below was taken out of my back door (through the glass), at around
10:00 pm local time (Erie, PA), with an outside temperature of 6 °F.
On average, the moon is 238,855 miles (384,400 km) from Earth. Its orbit around
Earth causes it to go through all its phases once every 29.5 days. Since the orbit
is elliptical with the Earth in one of the foci, one side of the orbit is 31,070
miles (50,000 km) closer than the other. So in each orbit, the moon reaches this
closest point to us, called perigee (apogee is the farthest point). Occasionally
perigee coincides with a full moon, as it did (or nearly so) on this night, making
the moon bigger and brighter than any other full moons of the year. Tonight it was
about 14% greater in diameter and 30% brighter than lesser full moons to come the
for the remainder of 2010.
Check out the contrast of the shadows!
If you will send me an
if you have a pet with a name from science and include a photo, I will post it here.