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Disappointing First 2009 Full Moon

I ran to Mt. Hawk at 5:01 PM, Saturday night, January 10th, to witness what NASA touted as the “biggest and brightest one of 2009". The NASA statement continued saying, this month’s full moon will appear about 14 percent bigger in our sky and 30 percent brighter than some other full moons during 2009. This was because Saturday’s moon was at perigee, the closest point to earth’s orbit.

Image(Photo by CFernando. [email protected])

The moon was peeking halfway out of the Otay Mountains when I got there. Daylight was dimming, but there were still people at the park, doing their afternoon walks or watching kids at the playground. I went straight to my favorite gazebo, which is the one at the highest point. When this month's Full Wolf Moon was out, it was as beautiful as always. But nothing specially different, at least not like NASA drummed it up. I've seen bigger full moons at Eastlake. One time it was hovering as wide as the top of Lowe's building at the Eastlake Village Marketplace, while I was approaching from the West. It looked like a huge spotlight. I remember driving, in awe.

I've seen the Full Harvest Moon rising to span two mountains in Otay. The Full Harvest moon never disappoints. It is called such because farmers can work into the night due to the extra dose of light offered by this moon. Because it comes closest to the autumnal equinox, it appears tremendously bigger than other moons. So the claim about Saturday night’s moon this month being the "biggest" was perplexing. Not hating it, just wondering what all the NASA commotion was all about. This year marks a rare harvest moon -- it happens in October 4. Normally this happens on the last week of September.This won't happen again until 2017. Something to look forward to for moon lovers like me.

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I ran to Mt. Hawk at 5:01 PM, Saturday night, January 10th, to witness what NASA touted as the “biggest and brightest one of 2009". The NASA statement continued saying, this month’s full moon will appear about 14 percent bigger in our sky and 30 percent brighter than some other full moons during 2009. This was because Saturday’s moon was at perigee, the closest point to earth’s orbit.

Image(Photo by CFernando. [email protected])

The moon was peeking halfway out of the Otay Mountains when I got there. Daylight was dimming, but there were still people at the park, doing their afternoon walks or watching kids at the playground. I went straight to my favorite gazebo, which is the one at the highest point. When this month's Full Wolf Moon was out, it was as beautiful as always. But nothing specially different, at least not like NASA drummed it up. I've seen bigger full moons at Eastlake. One time it was hovering as wide as the top of Lowe's building at the Eastlake Village Marketplace, while I was approaching from the West. It looked like a huge spotlight. I remember driving, in awe.

I've seen the Full Harvest Moon rising to span two mountains in Otay. The Full Harvest moon never disappoints. It is called such because farmers can work into the night due to the extra dose of light offered by this moon. Because it comes closest to the autumnal equinox, it appears tremendously bigger than other moons. So the claim about Saturday night’s moon this month being the "biggest" was perplexing. Not hating it, just wondering what all the NASA commotion was all about. This year marks a rare harvest moon -- it happens in October 4. Normally this happens on the last week of September.This won't happen again until 2017. Something to look forward to for moon lovers like me.

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the MOON is a night mirror......... hope your 2009 shines brighter.

Jan. 11, 2009

Thanks Jerome. That was so nice of you. I wish you the same.

Jan. 12, 2009

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