Super Hype

May 8, 2012 | 3 comments

For some reason this blog entry written on May 6 went into another zone and never got published.  So, pretend that the date says May 6 which was the day after the Super Moon.  Then it will make sense.  Maybe.

     The moonrise over the bay last night was lovely, as it always is.  It was a full moon and perhaps a tad larger than usual, but certainly not huge like some of our “harvest moons” are.  The perigee or super moon as the scientists call it was way overrated, at least from our viewpoint here in Oysterville.
     I guess all the hype served its purpose, though.  Like millions of other people (at least if you believe this morning’s news), we interrupted what we were doing to go outside and have a look.  I’d like to say that we would have done that anyway but, truth to tell, we don’t always remember when it’s a full moon night.
     My cousin Ruth and her friend Cindy were here from Mercer Island and we were eating dinner as the sun set, so we took a quick break and trotted to the east side of the house.  Clouds covered the Willapa hills and the horizon so we went back to the sunset (and dinner) side of things.
     A few minutes later we tried again and were rewarded by the top edge of the moon just beginning to peek over that line of clouds.  For a few moments, until it was fully emerged, it gave a rosy glow to the perimeter of the cloud bank and then it was up, up and away.  Clear skies and a full moon with its light softly reflected in the bay!  Well worth letting our ice-cream melt a bit.
     Had I not known that this was a “super moon,” I might have been more impressed but, as it was, I was a tad disappointed.  Presumably, the phenomenon occurs only once a year when the moon is closest to earth in its orbital path and is most noticeable when that proximity happens during the full moon phase.  The moon under those conditions is supposed to appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons.
     Optimum time for viewing said the scientists was at “11:34 ET” (eastern standard time?) which is just about when we were waiting for the super moon to clear the cloud bank.  So, I think what we saw was pretty much what all the hype was about.  As noted in the fine print, when something is 221,802 miles away, its hard to tell.
     Even in this morning’s news, I thought the media was making a lot out of very little.  One woman was quoted as saying, “The super moon is a natural phenomenon, and that is what is so awesome about it.”   Deep, very deep…  Super deep, I guess.


  1. Kathleen Shaw

    Well, I can’t say I’ve seen the “super” moon (despite the hype), even though the place I’m staying at this week on the peninsula has two east-facing windows, but I will say I was quite worried when your May 6 entry didn’t appear, and I was very glad to see you back in good form on Monday. Bet I wasn’t the only one worried, Sydney! Thank you for the explanation, and happy moon watching.

  2. Jenny

    I checked numerous times for your blog entry on the 6th…and here it is, at last! Sydney, thank you for the consistant pleasure your posts provide.

  3. Cousin Ralph

    Out here in Virginny it was very cloudy but I did catch a glimpse of the Super Moon when the clouds parted for a very short time. I also thought that the crescent moon phase several days earlier was pretty cool.


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