APOD: Full Flower Moonrise (2020 May 09)

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APOD: Full Flower Moonrise (2020 May 09)

Post by APOD Robot » Sat May 09, 2020 4:05 am

Image Full Flower Moonrise

Explanation: Rising as the Sun set, the Moon was bright and full in planet Earth skies on May 7 and known to some as a Flower Moon. Near the horizon it does seem to take on rose pink hues of reddened sunlight in this reflective twilight scene. In fact one of the brighter Full Moons of the year, this month's full lunar phase occurred within about 32 hours of perigee. That's the closest point in the Moon's elliptical orbit. Flooded field and ruined church tower are near the municipality of Casaleggio Novara, Piedmont Region of northern Italy. <br><br>

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Re: APOD: Full Flower Moonrise (2020 May 09)

Post by orin stepanek » Sat May 09, 2020 10:48 am

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Just beautiful; in full bloom! 🌕
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Re: APOD: Full Flower Moonrise (2020 May 09)

Post by Sa Ji Tario » Sat May 09, 2020 9:57 pm

I am sure that the term perigee does not correspond and must be changed for the apogee, in addition, the moon phase changed three hours after the apogee

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Re: APOD: Full Flower Moonrise (2020 May 09)

Post by Joe Stieber » Sat May 09, 2020 10:35 pm

Sa Ji Tario wrote:
Sat May 09, 2020 9:57 pm
I am sure that the term perigee does not correspond and must be changed for the apogee, in addition, the moon phase changed three hours after the apogee
The U.S. Naval Observatory's MICA software shows lunar perigee (closest to earth) on May 6, 2020, at 03:03 UT1 and full moon on May 7, 2020, at 10:45 UT1. That's a difference of 31 hr 42 min, for which the APOD's "within about 32 hours of perigee" is an entirely satisfactory approximation.

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Re: APOD: Full Flower Moonrise (2020 May 09)

Post by Boomer12k » Sun May 10, 2020 2:44 am

Saw ours the other night... it was lovely...

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Re: APOD: Full Flower Moonrise (2020 May 09)

Post by Sa Ji Tario » Sun May 10, 2020 3:30 pm

Joe, surely the table in my query is not appropriate