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Supermoon and Spring - March 20, 2011

Spring starts later today so, of course, it's 32F here as I write this. We're going to get an inch of snow tomorrow before it starts raining. Spring is just being Spring. It's my favorite time of the year. I've started my Spring garden clean up. I'm hoping the tremendous amount of snow we had this Winter did less damage than I fear. Spring starts on March 20, 2011 at 23:21 UT or, for me, 7:21 PM EDT.

Last night there was a Supermoon - a Super Full Moon. Simply it means that the Moon is close to the earth on it's orbit so looks bigger than usual. For a more detailed explanation you can read what NASA says about it by clicking here. The next Supermoon will be in 18 years.

I live on top of a hill surrounded by trees and hedges so I'm not able to see the Moon right at moonrise. It was so bright last night that it cast shadows! Here are some of the pictures I took.

This was right after I could finally see it.
Supermoon and Spring - March 20, 2011

Around 8:30 PM Eastern Time (US)
Supermoon and Spring - March 20, 2011

I also played with some settings on the camera and created a Blue Supermoon
by setting the light to Incandescent
Supermoon and Spring - March 20, 2011

and the Supermoon looks lavender-colored when the light is set to Fluorescent
Supermoon and Spring - March 20, 2011

The moon really looks like this - gray.
Supermoon and Spring - March 20, 2011


Did you see the Supermoon? C.T. Adams (Sazi), Lori Handeland (Nightcreature), and Rebecca York (Moon) have series that use "Moon" in the book titles. There are many single books, whether in a series or standalone, that also have "Moon" in the title. Do you have an favorite "Moon" book? You can see the Moon books in my collection as a PDF file by clicking here.

Photo Friday - The Moon Again & Moon Films - December 24, 2010

As you know if you've been reading the blog for a bit, since the Harvest Moon in September I've become a bit obsessed with taking photos of the Moon. So of course it was cloudy the night of the Lunar Eclipse last week and clear the next day. The Moon is just past full in these photos.

I'd like to take this time to wish all of my readers (who celebrate) a very Merry or Happy Christmas! I hope you get some great books and have a wonderful holiday.


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I found this odd little film titled "A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune)". It's from 1902 and was written and directed by Georges Méliès. It reminds me in some ways of one of my favorite films, First Men in the Moon (1964), which is based on the H.G. Wells novel of the same name (trailer below).


Trailer from First Men in The Moon (1964)

Lunar Ecilpse - December 21, 2010

Despite the weatherman's prediction that the clouds would clear, they did not. I did manage to get a few hazy pictures before it became impossible to see the moon. I ended up watching totality via a video feed on my laptop. It's not as if I've never seen a lunar eclipse though. When I lived in the Caribbean I filmed an entire total lunar eclipse. It was beautiful. The weather was also much warmer than 20s with wind. I think my hands are still thawing out.

Lunar Ecilpse - December 21, 2010

Lunar Ecilpse - December 21, 2010

Lunar Ecilpse - December 21, 2010

The next total lunar eclipse that I will be able to see will be in April 2014. At least it will be warmer and I hope not cloudy.

Blue Moon - November 21, 2010

There's a Blue Moon tonight. The Moon is not actually blue. There is a sort of twisted history regarding the naming of the Blue Moon. You can read about it here.  Blue Moons happen... once in a blue moon.

Here is a photo I took of tonight's Blue Moon. It's hazy tonight so the photo is not as sharp as I'd like.



Blue Moon is one of my favorite songs. Here is the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald singing "Blue Moon."

The Moon - October 23, 2010

Ever since the Harvest Moon in September, I've wanted to take more moon pictures. It took some trial and error this evening to get these shots because the moon was so bright and not orange. I'm hoping to shoot it earlier in the evening when it appears to be huge. Here are just a couple of shots from tonight.

The Moon - October 23, 2010


The Moon - October 23, 2010
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