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Wolf Moon Rising

13 Jan 2009, 15:59 UTC
Wolf Moon Rising
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A full wolf moon rose over Park City the other day. Known as the Full Wolf Moon by native Americans (likely) because of the sound of hungry wolves howling in the distance, this full moon was a bit extra special. This was also a perigee moon. Perigee is the point in the Moon’s eliptical orbit around Earth where it is at its closest. This, combined with the fact that Earth is at Perihelion (closest point in the Earth’s orbit around the Sun), made for a much bigger and brighter full moon than normal. Those of you out walking after dark might have noticed that much more light was available? If not, that’s ok. Hopefully, you at least enjoyed a nice view of Earth’s nearest celestial neighbor.

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