Saturday, January 30, 2010

Once in a Wolf Moon

We were picking up stuff for dinner at Carr's (Alaska-speak for Safeway ... really use your Safeway card there) when I spotted this mini-boat show on the ice-coated parking lot. A boat show in Anchorage ... in January. Makes perfect sense. If only my point-and-shoot could have done a more honorable job with the full moon. I thought the moon was unusually large and bright. Turns out I was right. January 29 the moon made its nearest approach to the earth of the year, coming within 221,577 miles of the earth. It's called a wolf moon in Native American tradition and is considered to be 30 percent larger and 15 percent brighter on this day according to National Geographic online.

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