Supermoon Monday — What Does It Mean?

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has this article: November Supermoon a Spectacular Sight, which says:

[T]the upcoming supermoon — on Monday, Nov. 14 — will be especially “super” because it’s the closest full moon to Earth since 1948. We won’t see another supermoon like this until 2034.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] What does it mean? NASA says:

The moon’s orbit around Earth is slightly elliptical so sometimes it is closer and sometimes it’s farther away. When the moon is full as it makes its closest pass to Earth it is known as a supermoon. At perigree [sic] — the point at which the moon is closest to Earth — the moon can be as much as 14 percent closer to Earth than at apogee, when the moon is farthest from our planet. The full moon appears that much larger in diameter and because it is larger shines 30 percent more moonlight onto the Earth.

The Discoveroids are always telling us that things don’t happen at random. Everything is designed. So even though NASA is obviously trying to downplay the event to avoid causing a panic, the supermoon must be telling us something — but what? Let’s keep reading:

The biggest and brightest moon for observers in the United States will be on Monday morning just before dawn. On Monday, Nov. 14, the moon is at perigee at 6:22 a.m. EST and “opposite” the sun for the full moon at 8:52 a.m. EST (after moonset for most of the US).

If you’re not an early riser, no worries. “I’ve been telling people to go out at night on either Sunday or Monday night to see the supermoon,” said Noah Petro, deputy project scientist for NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission. “The difference in distance from one night to the next will be very subtle, so if it’s cloudy on Sunday, go out on Monday. Any time after sunset should be fine. Since the moon is full, it’ll rise at nearly the same time as sunset, so I’d suggest that you head outside after sunset, or once it’s dark and the moon is a bit higher in the sky. You don’t have to stay up all night to see it, unless you really want to!”

That’s nice — but what does it mean? Ol’ Hambo tells us to read the bible to know what things mean, and that venerable source (King James version, of course) tells us, in Genesis 1:14:

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.

The Moon is there to give us signs! But NASA doesn’t even try to explain the supermoon’s meaning. That means it’s your Curmudgeon’s responsibility to interpret this celestial event. It can’t be a coincidence that Monday’s supermoon follows Trump’s victory in the US Presidential election. So this is really Trump’s Moon.

It could mean that we’re at the threshold of a glorious new era. But it could also mean that The End Is Nigh! This is so confusing! Anyway, we’ll try to remember to look up at the moon early Monday morning.

Meanwhile, we’re declaring an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.

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6 responses to “Supermoon Monday — What Does It Mean?

  1. You know, if fundies thought a bit more about that Bible verse, they might get upset.

    You see, the Bible is quite harsh on astrologers–yet that reference clearly implies that the stars and moon were put in place to, among other things, allow people to predict the future. Tsk, tsk.

  2. “…and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.”
    Does Hambo realize that this is but a reference to astrology and horoscopes? Did his deity cast everyone’s horoscope?
    Scientifically speaking, actually the earth and moon orbit around their common center of gravity called the barycenter, like two people of unequal proportions balancing on a seesaw. The center of mass of the two bodies lies within the radius of the earth. A nice summary of the lunar history is here:

  3. “So this is really Trump’s Moon.”
    Let’s hope he won’t get moonstruck.
    But if you ask me it’s not Trump’s Moon, it’s the day of Saint Serapion of Algiers, a martyr who sacrificed his life to liberate some christian captives.
    Hmmmm – maybe that’s what Trump should do – offer himself to ISIS in exchange for the besieged civilians.

  4. Sigh. I’ll drag my camera and tripod out…again, take some sub-standard, blurry, overexposed photos of the Moon or a streetlamp…again, doesn’t really matter – they look the same in my photos. I’ll label it “Supermoon” just so you know.

  5. Look! Up in the sky!
    It’s a bird!
    It’s a plane!

  6. The Discoveroids are always telling us that things don’t happen at random. Everything is designed.

    When and where have they said that? I have read the exact opposite from the ID leadership. They all admit random things happen, Their claim is random things cannot, by themselves, produce complex functionality.