When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain - Sat., May 5th, 2012

Did you see the moon this evening? The moon reached its closest approach to Earth, about 221,802 miles, during the same time as the full moon, which means the moon appeared up to 16% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.

Here in Grass Valley, CA, the Full Moon rose @ 8 pm... and we were outside waiting for it to top the mountain. The sky was perfectly clear. And suddenly there it was: What a beautiful sight. Through binoculars we could see valleys and peaks and little men operating an orange cheddar cheese factory! (And, we also spotted bats flying in the foreground.) The clarity of this huge celestial body tonight was "out of this world."

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