Biggest full moon of the year – this Saturday night!

The largest full moon of 2012 happens this Saturday, but it’s OK if you don’t really notice. The moon doesn’t really get bigger, it just gets closer to Earth 죽어도 좋아 다운로드.

At 8:40 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, according to the Griffith Observatory Sky Report, the moon will be at its closest point in its orbit to the Earth this year 다운로드. (Accounting for the time zone difference, European moon-watchers will see it Sunday.) To be precise, Earth and moon will be just 221,801 miles apart — more than 17,000 miles closer than average 외장하드 다운로드.

NASA’s Science News calculates the moon’s appearance Saturday will be “as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons of 2012.”

Some call what’s known as a perigee full moon a “supermoon.”

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“Folklore holds that all kinds of wacky things happen under the light of a full moon 다운로드. Lunacy (modern word for insanity) comes from the Latin word for Moon.”

Photos – lunar halo, water strider, and a septuple rainbow

Lunar Halo

The beautiful circle surrounding the moon in this image is caused by ice crystals suspended in the air 맥 os x 매버릭스. Known as a paraselenic circle, this rare phenomenon comes from moonlight reflecting in complex ways off the crystals. While the circle is commonly only seen in sections, in some cases, such as this one, it can stretch around the entire sky 스마트폰 자동 다운로드.

 

Water Strider

Water Strider

Those dark spots sitting underneath this water strider aren’t exactly shadows 다운로드. They’re patches of darkness created from distorted light as the little insect walks on the water’s surface.

A shallow pond’s surface acts somewhat like a stretched elastic skin sftp 폴더. Water striders (of the family Gerridae) are able to “walk” on top of this skin because the surface tension produces a small upward thrust that holds their tiny weight 다운로드.

The insect’s feet depress the water’s surface, producing a dip that bends light rays away from it. This creates a zone where no light can reach Fifa 12 apk download. Reflected rays all get pulled together, creating an intensely bright rim around each darkened patch.

 

Septuple Rainbow

Septuple Rainbow 

This image, taken in Strasbourg, France, features grey clouds framing an astounding rainbow with seven fainter rainbows trailing below it Unifying downloads.

This infrequent effect, called a supernumerary rainbow, comes about when the raindrops generating a rainbow are particularly uniform in size. As the different light waves spread out, they interfere with one another and form areas of darkness or brightness 다운로드. These appear as pastel fringes below a regular rainbow.

Check out Wired Science for all 9 incredible optic photos.