Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Super Moon Lights up Sparta's Night Sky

Last Sunday’s super moon was brighter than even this 2014 super moon. Source: International Business Times

This Sunday, a super moon made it’s way across the sky, grabbing the attention of astronomers the world over.

Super moons seem to occur almost annually, but the unique thing about this super moon was that it was the brightest super moon to occur in almost 70 years.

Now, most students would spend their Sunday nights studying and catching up on forgotten homework, all around getting ready for Monday. I’m not like most students, and I get excited about these kinds of things. I decided to spend my Sunday night with a telescope viewing the astronomical marvel myself.
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Sunday’s super moon

Scientists were not kidding when they said it was bright! The area which I set up my telescope was illuminated by the moon, with a long shadow being cast behind me. Not only that, the moon was so close, very distinct details could be seen on its surface, such as craters of meteorite impacts which looked like little white freckles on the lunar surface.

I watched as the white behemoth slowly crept across my field of vision, leaving me stunned at how fast such a large object could move with such haste.

I stayed there for about half an hour, simply staring at the beautiful light through the small lens I had, feeling nothing but pure awe. Sunday's super moon was a truly a sight to see, and one that only comes around once in a lifetime.

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