Bob Berman's strange universe: Moon orbit oddities
December 2004: We who love the night sky often regard the Moon with mixed feelings.
December 1, 2004
|We who love the night sky often regard the Moon with mixed feelings. When full, it ruins almost everything else. Galaxies, nebulae — gone, washed out. The sky actually turns a deep blue during the three nights surrounding the Full Moon, if you're not under the amber canopy of urban glow. Yet even after committing felonies against us, the Moon doesn't provoke loathing. It gets a pass because it is a celestial body and does offer more juicy telescopic detail than anything else in the universe. It's love-hate. |
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