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Quality versus quantity

Did you catch the much-heralded Super Moon on Saturday night? It was supposed to be bigger and brighter than a regular full moon due to being at perigee (closest position to Earth).

The first problem in our viewing experience was those trees in our backyard, specifically the redwoods. We were watching our DVR’d programs from the week, and were caught up in my current fave, Once Upon A Time, but I kept pausing it to run outside.  Considering it was a super moon, I didn’t think it could be defeated by mere trees, but they obscured our view. We considered jumping in the car and driving someplace clearer, but the evil queen was being so evil…

Anyway, as it turned out, it didn’t seem any bigger than any other full moon -- a fact so annoying  it took a while to realize it really was brighter until I started getting pre-migraine twinges – a sure sign I’ve been staring into a blinding white light.**

I’ve been thinking a lot about that experience. Sure, bigger would have been better, but we’ve seen lots of those, right? Huge harvest moons in the Fall – which apparently are just an optical illusion, but big is big in my opinion. (Plus, the darned moon starts off pretty huge anyway, so at some point, we’re just talking perverse bragging rights…)

But a super bright moon? That's something new and different, so I declare super-moon night a complete success. Hope you had a chance to see it!

**Bad news for my afterlife prospects, right?

Angels: Look into the light, Kate

Me: But it hurts!


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May. 9th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
We thought the moon was pretty cool
but then we saw it as it was coming up and it did look nice and big when it was low in the sky . . .

May. 9th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Re: We thought the moon was pretty cool
Hi Penni,
Lucky you! I knew that Texas sky had another purpose (other than crashing hail down on you guys). Nice to see you here again!
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