There's something about the moon, and the full moon, especially, that appeals to the human imagination.
In my previous post, I wrote about this perigee full moon tonight, and I was so surprised at the response!
Thank you to all for stopping by and liking it. I hope that post inspired you to find out more about the moon, and to go out and see it last night.
The moon last night did not disappoint--the skies cleared for moon-viewing, and the sight was indescribable! From the lakefront to backyard gardens, to traffic on the expressways, the almost-full moon dominated the night sky.
Would you believe, that was just a prelude to the full moon tonight? The largest, and closest full moon of the entire year will rise at 8:40 p.m. this evening, June 23.
Weather permitting, as it was last night, it will be incomparable.
What's great too, is that it's not too late at night for little kids to catch the sky show. It could be an unforgettable experience.
You don't even need binoculars to enjoy it, though the moon through binoculars is quite a sight. The level of detail will surprise you. If you are interested in observing the moon with binoculars, EarthSky has some tips to get you started.
There are many astronomy websites, if you want to find out more about exploring the night sky. And don't forget the Adler Planetarium! That's worth exploring, too.
But the moon, tonight...how will you celebrate it? A party on the beach, with a cold beer? Or maybe a backyard get-together, friends lingering in the evening, talking over wine or iced-tea?
How about a bridge over an expressway, looking east, watching the moon rise over the city?
Even if you can't get out, you can watch online at Space.com.
Why not share your experiences in the Comments section below--or follow me on Twitter @voimaoy. I'll be doing updates--and maybe even a haiku.
Weather permitting, that is--there may be rain--I hear thunder in the distance...stay tuned...
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