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BRIGHT moon! Dec. 22, 1999
December 16, 1999
9:15 am
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This year the first full moon in December will occur on the winter solstice, December 22. Commonly called the first day of
winter, this year December 22 and the full moon are occurring in conjunction with a
lunar perigee. (A lunar perigee is the point in the moon's orbit that is closest to Earth.) The unusual conjunction of these events
means the moon will appear about 14% larger than it does at apogee (the point in it's elliptical orbit that is farthest from the
Earth).

Since the Earth is also several million miles closer to the sun at this time of the year than in the summer, sunlight striking the moon
is about 7% stronger, making it appear brighter. Adding to these celestial
oddities, is the fact that because the moon's orbit is constantly deforming this will be the closest perigee of the Moon this year.

So what does all this mean? Not much really, but if the weather is clear and there is snow cover where you live, it is believed
that even car headlights will be superfluous.

And the last time this happened, December 21, 1866, the Lakota Sioux took advantage of this combination of occurrences and
staged a devastating retaliatory ambush on soldiers in the Wyoming Territory.

In lay terms it will be a super bright full moon, much more than the usual AND it hasn't happened this way for 133 years! Our
ancestors 133 years ago saw this. Our descendants 100 or so years from now will see
this again. I thought you might find it interesting too.

Remember this will happen December 22, 1999.

December 16, 1999
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Thanks SC, I will look for it. We got snow last night finally so I hope it's a clear night!

December 17, 1999
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SC, thanks for the info, I'm looking forward to it. Sometimes I'm really moonstruck.

December 22, 1999
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It really looks brighter that usual!

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