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Yank2002(--nospam--at) wrote:
> 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 occurred 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 21st,
> 1866 the Dakota Sioux took advantage of this combination of occurrences and
> staged a devastating retaliatory ambush on soldiers in the Wyoming Territory.
> 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 might find this interesting!
> Remember, this will happen December 22, 1999.