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Thursday, 15 December 2005
No moon tonight


With extensive cloud-cover tonight I am forced to repost this old photograph (from October) of a near full moon. The cloudy conditions mean that I have missed the highest full moon (above the horizon) until the year 2023, apparently.  (I can’t find a reference to this, but I believe the person who told me).  I will be catching up by looking at other Flickr users full moon photographs over the next day or two.

The moon is the most prominent of two or maybe three natural satellites (or moons) that orbit earth. Someone needs to tell the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, (SEDS) in Arizona who state

The Moon is the only natural satellite of Earth:

      orbit:  384,400 km from Earth
      diameter: 3476 km
      mass:    7.35e22 kg

Called Luna by the Romans, Selene and Artemis by the Greeks, and many other names in other mythologies.

Then again, they must be an old bunch of students if they can ask on their webpage:

The first [moon] landing was on July 20, 1969 (do you remember where you were?)

A BBC recommended moon site is Inconstant Moon.

Posted by bigblue on 15/12/2005 at 09:35 PM
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