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Biggest moon for the 21st Century

14 Nov


Just took a misty picture of the “supermoon” above chateau Dinkum. Must admit that I was tempted to howl at it just to chill the neighbours for a laugh.


On 18 September 2013, Irvin Gordon from the USA., achieved his three-millionth mile in his 1966 Volvo 1800S while driving near the village of Girdwood, south of Anchorage in Alaska. (see Guiness Book of Records)

The moon circles the Earth at between approximately 222,000 to 252,000 miles.Measured centre to centre. It’s orbit being ellipical. It’s currently at it’s closest and being full moon , it appears at it’s largest. It is a full moon at “perigee”¬† and illuminates the Earth at plus approx¬† 30% of it’s normal brightness.

If Irvin could drive to the moon, he would now be on about his sixth round trip. It makes our 42,000 miles from new look a bit petty.