Not being an astronomer or anything, and with it being too early in the morning to think mathematically / physically, does the whole globe experience a full moon at the same time (I mean at night)? Or does the timing of it change so that it's full over one part of the globe but by the time another part is experiencing night it's waned to less than full?
>SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO ON DECEMBER 22, 1999.
>This year will be the first full moon to occur on the winter solstice, Dec.
>22, commonly called the first day of winter. Since a full moon on the
>winter solstice occurs in conjunction with a lunar perigee (point in the
>moon's orbit that is closest to Earth), the moon will appear about 14%
>larger than it does at apogee (the point in it's elliptical orbit that is
>farthest from the Earth).
>Since the Earth is also several million miles closer to the sun at this time
>of the year than in the summer, sunlight striking the moon is about 7%
>stronger making it brighter. Also, this will be the closest perigee of the
>Moon of the year since the moon's orbit is constantly deforming. If the
>weather is clear and there is a snow cover where you live, it is believed
>that even car headlights will be superfluous.
>On December 21, 1866 the Lakota Sioux took advantage of this combination of
>occurrences and staged a devastating retaliatory ambush on soldiers in the
>In laymen's terms it will be a super bright full moon, much more than the
>usual AND it hasn't happened this way for 133 years!
>Our ancestors 133 years ago saw this. Our descendants 100 or so years from
>now will see this again. I hope someone else might find this interesting!
>Remember this will happen December 22, 1999.....
>Bruce L. Jones
>The Desert Hostage
>The Mojave Desert - The Geographic Center of Nowhere