March 19-20 2011
Did the super-moon seem super to you? Maybe it’s just me, but a supposed 30 percent-above-normal size didn’t seem quite as amazing as all the media hype would have it.
On the other hand, it did get me outside enjoying a reasonably clear early spring night, and that is definitely a good thing. After a series of cloudy evenings, we were blessed with somewhat clearer skies at the perfect time. Lovely!
In fact, it was an awesome enough experience that I got up at 5:30 next morning and took some snapshots (the second half of the pictures above) of the moon setting. It was my understanding that the moon would be appear largest at about 9:30 in the evening – but surprisingly, the early morning viewing 8 hours later seemed to be just as large.
Perhaps it was due to the low-lying clouds that moved in during the night. Nothing like smoke or smog or clouds to exaggerate the apparent size of the moon, or of the sun for that matter! Does that mean that particulate matter in the atmosphere is not necessarily such a bad thing after all?