If you’re up for a romantic moonlight stroll, make it Friday night.
The sky’s to be clear, the weather cold and the moon full, big and bright – and close.
Because the moon orbits the Earth elliptically rather than in a perfect circle, it’s closer to us at the perigee of that orbit and farther away at the apogee. On Friday night, the moon turns full four hours after reaching its orbit’s perigee. It will look 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than any other full moon this year, according to NASA.
Astronomers say people tend to think the moon looks even bigger when it’s right on the horizon, with trees and buildings in the foreground. According to www.ledger-enquirer.com/weather, the forecast Friday calls for sunny skies with a high of 54 degrees and a low of 33 degrees. With crisp, clear weather, we Earthlings should get a good view of this big fat moon to the East as the sun sets shortly after 5:30 p.m.
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At midnight, it will be riding high in the sky and shining bright as a spotlight, NASA says.