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Moon shadow

The supermoon appeared tonight.

It is responsible for the flood warnings here in Kentucky, so I can’t see it for the cloud cover.  But my friend Karen had more luck…

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Here is the supermoon over Michigan.

Do you think it looks 5-7 percent bigger than your average moon?

Compare and see! (Then let me know. I can’t see crap here.)

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Lunar lament

How was your day?

If you’ve had far better (like me), I have a two-word explanation:

Mini Moon

mini moonIt’s a full moon, but the Earth is at its farthest distance away, making tonight’s full moon appear its very smallest in the night sky. But that doesn’t lessen its impact…at least in my case.

I had a bad headache most of the day. My dog seemed to feel a bit punky, too.  And I was running from appointment to appointment all day…so I am wiped.

Seems logical to blame the moon, right?

Star map

While Kentucky was busy winning a national championship, the world kept turning.

And the planet Mars has come for a visit.

In fact, last night around 8:30pm ET, the moon, Mars, and the bright star Regulus formed a ‘cosmic triangle’ in the night sky.

Isosceles, from the look of it.

This is the closest Mars has been to the Earth in a month, and when it returns next month, it will only appear half as bright (something to do with its current retrograde motion, blah blah).  So this is a good time to take a look-see.

In the triangle , Mars is the reddish object, Regulus the blue.  And the moon…well, I think you can figure that one out for yourself.

Hmmm.  Red and blue ‘stars’ appear in the sky…right after the NCAA Finals?  I’m sure astronomers will simply point to the celestial calendar.  But I think this is proof positive:

There are college basketball fans on other planets.

Moon landing

I finished my Christmas shopping this morning.  Bought the final gift online, picked a shipping date and sent it on its merry way.

It’s a great feeling.

But wouldn’t you know it?  As soon as I crossed everyone’s name off my list, I discovered the perfect present for any hard-to-buy-for person.  It’s another exciting Google search find:

Lunar Land

That’s right.  You or someone you love can join the over 5,000,000 people from 176 countries who own personal property on Earth’s sexiest satellite.

According to the website, Lunar Embassy is the only company to possess the ‘legal basis and copyright’ for Lunar Land.  It is available in a variety of packages, all which include one lunar acre of land.  (The amount of documentation included drives the price.)

Our family draws names at Christmas, and as soon as the pairings are announced, the emails start flying, requesting gift ideas.

If only I had discovered Lunar Land even an hour sooner!

To the moon, Alice! — Ralph Kramden, The Honeymooners

Geek alert

Have you heard?

An aircraft carrier-sized asteroid is coming within 200,000 miles of Earth next week.  That’s closer than the moon.  But not close enough to hit us or change the tides or make our skin hang funny.

Or so they say.

Is this really an asteroid?  Or is that story merely a cover?  Could we be in danger of attack by an alien life form?

It’s happened before. On film.

If you know anything about Star Trek — and I do — that chunk of rock bears a striking resemble to the probe sent to Earth in 1986 to communicate with humpback whales in…

Anyone?

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

That is correct.

Perhaps this asteroid that scientists are so ready to dismiss is really an example of life imitating art.

Well…it could happen. (If you hear whale song, make a run for it!)