Remember how spectacular December’s full moon was? We’re going to have the same kind of spectacular moon again tomorrow night according to NASA. It’s called a perigee moon and they are happening back-to-back. So, get those cameras out. The above picture is from the NASA site linked above.
My friend Linda Amador, a United Church of Christ minister, alerted me with an e-mail. She and I were in training to be spiritual directors in early 2000 and we’ve stayed in touch. She says, "In this time of so much 'downer' news, here is a little bit of God's creative goodness to cheer the soul." Thanks for that reminder, Linda.
Johannes Kepler explained the phenomenon 400 years ago. The Moon's orbit around Earth is not a circle; it is an ellipse, with one side 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other. Astronomers call the point of closest approach "perigee," and that is where the Moon will be this weekend.
Perigee full Moons come along once or twice a year. 2008 ended with one and now 2009 is beginning with another. It's the best kind of déjà vu for people who love the magic of a moonlit landscape.
Cookie has been perky the past few days so when I got home from work tomorrow night (a dinner for work honoring our trustees where I will photograph), we'll go out and say some gratitude prayers under the big full moon.