In awe of God’s creation – This weekend’s SuperMoon – SuperLuna din acest weekend – Coplesit de creatia lui Dumnezeu

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ROMANIAN – SuperLuna, fenomen astronomic care are loc la fiecare 14 luni, în timpul căruia satelitul natural al planetei noastre se află în faza de Lună plină şi va apărea mai mare şi mai strălucitor decât în oricare altă noapte din 2013, va avea loc în acest weekend, pe 23 iunie. Pe 23 iunie, Luna va apărea mai mare şi mai strălucitoare ca de obicei şi se va afla la cea mai mică distanţă faţă de Terra din întregul an – 356.991 de kilometri.

În timpul fenomenului de SuperLună, Pământul, Soarele şi Luna sunt aliniate – Terra aflându-se între Lună şi Soare. Forţele gravitaţionale exercitate pe Terra de Lună şi Soare determină creşterea şi scăderea mareelor, fapt care i-a determinat pe „alarmişti” să creadă că există o legătură între SuperLună şi calamităţile naturale. Potrivit NASA, mareele din timpul fenomenului de SuperLună sunt doar cu câţiva centimetri mai înalte decât cele produse în nopţile obişnuite. În 2013 au mai fost deja câteva SuperLuni, însă niciuna dintre ele nu s-a produs în timpul fazei de Lună plină. SURSA


Skies over the Desert Southwest and the lower Ohio Valley into the mid-Atlantic and southern New England will offer the clearest views of the supermoon. Moon rise Sunday June 23 7:33 am full strawberry moon.

 Photo via A so-called supermoon will rise in the east at sunset on Saturday. A supermoon occurs when the moon is slightly closer to Earth than it typically is, and the effect is most noticeable when it occurs at the same time as a full moon, according to James Garvin, chief scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. This full moon is not only the closest and largest full moon of the year, according to astronomy website EarthSky. It’s also the moon’s closest encounter with Earth in all of 2013. So it’s not just a supermoon — it’s the closest supermoon of the half-dozen or so that will occur this year, EarthSky reports.

The word supermoon was coined in 1979 by astrologer Richard Nolle, says AccuWeather’s Mark Paquette. Nolle used the term to describe a new or full moon that occurs when the moon is at or near its closest approach to Earth. The moon will pass within about 221,000 miles from the Earth on Saturday night, compared with its „typical” distance of about 238,000 miles. Garvin says the moon may seem bigger, although the difference in its distance from Earth is only a few percent. For instance, the moon on Saturday night will appear 12% to 14% larger than it will next month.

The moon’s effect on ocean tides is higher during a supermoon than any other time, so expect higher and lower tides than usual, reports Sean Breslin of the Weather Channel. (The high tide this weekend is also known as a „king” tide.) There is no connection between the supermoon and earthquakes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

„If you’re looking for a more thrilling lunar event, a larger supermoon is expected on Sept. 28, 2015, and the largest supermoon until 2034 will occur on Nov. 14, 2016,” Breslin says. The Desert Southwest and the lower Ohio Valley into the mid-Atlantic and southern New England will have the clearest skies for viewing the supermoon, according to a forecast from AccuWeather.

The Upper Midwest will have the poorest conditions, since rain and thunderstorms are forecast across that region overnight, AccuWeather reports. Showers will also affect part of the Northwest and pockets of the Plains and Deep South, but will die out as the night goes on. The rest of the USA will have times of clear skies with patchy clouds obstructing views at times. SOURCE – USA Today

A SuperMoon is set to occur in the weekend of June 23rd, 2013. The video below explains that when the Full Moon coincides with its closest approach to Earth, we get a „Supermoon’ also known as the Perigee Full Moon. The full Moon appeared about 14% larger and 30% brighter than others on May 5, 2012. VIDEO by VideoFromSpace

What Is A Supermoon?

Awesome Astronomy Images of God’s Universe (APOD 1995 series + 1969 moon landing)

The Trifid Nebula –  Credit: Hopkins Observatory, Karen Gloria

Explanation: The vivid blue and violet colors present in the Trifid Nebula result from the abundance of young stars there. The light from young massive stars is quite blue and has the ability to remove electrons from surrounding gas. When these electrons re-combine with the gas, radiation rich in blue and violet light is emitted. Some of the nebula’s light also results from the reflection of star light off of extremely small carbon specks known as ‘dust’. This object is known to astronomers as M20 – the twentieth object on Charles Messier’s list of diffuse sky objects. This image was taken with a 6-inch refracting telescope. Many images of Messier objects can be found in The Electronic Universe Project’s The Galaxy Gallery: Messier Objects.

M31: The Andromeda Galaxy
Credit: The Electronic Universe Project

Explanation: Andromeda is the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way Galaxy. Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. Together these two galaxies dominate the Local Group of galaxies. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The several distinct stars that surround Andromeda’s image are actually stars in our Galaxy that are well in front of the background object. Andromeda is frequently referred to as M31 since it is the 31st object on Messier’s list of diffuse sky objects. M31 is so distant it takes about 2 million years for light to reach us from there.

Earth’s Moon, A Familiar Face
Credit: Clementine, BMDO, NRL, LLNL

Explanation: The  mosaic of the Earth’s Moon was compiled from photos taken by the spacecraft Clementine in 1994. This image represents the side of the Moon familiar to Earth dwellers. The Moon revolves around the Earth about once every 28 days. Since its rate of rotation about its axis is also once in 28 days, it always keeps the same face toward the Earth. As the Moon travels around its orbit, the Earth based view of the half of the Moon that faces the Sun changes causing the regular monthly progression of Lunar phases. Humans first crashed a spacecraft into the Moon in 1959, but the first humans to reach the Moon landed in 1969. There are now golf balls on the Moon.

The Far Side
Credit: The Soviet Lunar Program

Explanation: This historic picture was humanity’s first glimpse of the far side of the Moon. It was taken by the Soviet spacecraft Luna 3 in October of 1959. Luna 3 followed closely on the heels of another Soviet probe, Luna 2, which had become the first spacecraft to impact the Moon on September 13th of that same year.

Why does the Moon have a far side? Gravitational tidal forces within the Earth-Moon system have synchronized the Moon’s period of rotation around its axis with its orbital period at about 28 days. So, as the Moon moves around its orbit its rotation exactly compensates, keeping the same face toward the Earth.

Standing on the Moon
Credit: NASA, Kennedy Space Center, Neil Armstrong

Explanation: Pictured, the second person to walk on the Moon: Edwin „Buzz” Aldrin. During this Apollo 11 mission, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the Moon while Michael Collins circled in the Command Module above. The lunar team erected a plaque on the surface that reads: HERE MEN FROM THE PLANET EARTH, FIRST SET FOOT UPON THE MOON JULY 1969 A.D., WE CAME IN PEACE FOR ALL MANKIND. The Apollo missions demonstrated that it is possible to land humans on the Moon and return them safely.

One Small Step
Credit: NASA, Kennedy Space Center, Neil Armstrong

Explanation: On July 20th, 1969, a human first set foot on the Moon. Pictured above is the first lunar footprint. The footprint and distinction of the first person to walk on the Moon belong to Neil Armstrong. It has been estimated that one billion people world-wide watched Armstrong’s first step – making the live transmission from a camera mounted on the lunar lander the highest rated television show ever. Upon setting foot on the moon, Armstrong said: „That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” The Apollo missions to the Moon have been described as the result of the greatest technological mobilization the world has known.

The video of the very first moon landing of the apollo 11 mission in 1969! Neil Armstrong was the first man to set foot on the moon with his now legenday words „One small step for man, a giant leap for mankind.” This is a truly amazing video from 1969!!!

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