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Friday, September 15, 2006

Moon

Did anyone see the moon last night?? It was really orange and BEWTIFULL! We always called it a harvest moon at home - don't know if that's a proper term or one we cobbled from the colour and time of year, but it's certainly here now! Couldn't get a photo 'cos it was behind some trees and a building, and too small to capture anyway I think, but look out for it 'cos it's a stunner!!!!

6 comments:

  1. Anonymous3:50 pm

    no we didn't see it here, altho the sunset was amazing and made the sea all pink and orange. now i did find this out once... a harvest moon is when there's 2 full ones in a month and a blue moon is when there's 2 new ones in a month???? i might have got it wrong. apparently this year the moon is closer to the earth a lot all to do with axis and clever things, but it should seem quite big quite often. all i need are some clear nights - no mean feat up here!!! sis xxxxx

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  2. Nope it was very cloudy and pouring with rain here so anything up in the sky was a no show but I wish I had seen it

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  3. Anonymous3:58 pm

    oh look i found this - you were right!

    "The Moon rises roughly 50 minutes later every day. However, this is an average figure, and near the vernal and autumnal equinoxes the actual time difference is furthest from the average. In Spring, as seen from mid-northern latitudes, the Moon can rise as much as 90 minutes later each night, but in the Autumn the figure can drop to as little as 14 minutes. In the southern hemisphere the situation is reversed.

    A full moon, because it is directly on the opposite side of the Earth to the Sun, always rises at about sunset and sets around sunrise. At the time of the vernal equinox, roughly 22nd September, the period of darkness between sunset and moonrise remains small for up to a week after the full moon. Conveniently, this happens at exactly the time when farmers are working round the clock to harvest their crops - a huge boon in the days before electric lights - so the full moon closest to the equinox become known as the Harvest Moon. The precise date varies between the second week in September and the first week in October"
    for anyone that's interested!!! sis xxx

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  4. Anonymous10:11 am

    yes, I knew that, obvious if you think about it!!!!! do you remember them shining over the sea in Spain looking like they were bouncing on top of the water.
    M
    XXX

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  5. Not sure where you are in the country but we had a gorgeous big orange moon too the other night (west of Scotland). Hubby and I stood and stared at it for ages - it was quite romantic actually!

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  6. Didn't catch this moon, but whilst we were on our camping hol in Somerset/Wiltshire the moon was amazing! So big and bright and low, we didn't even need a torch to go to the loo!

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