Saturday, May 5, 2012
Supermoon and the Night Sky
Tonight, you can see the "Supermoon" in the night sky. I took this photo from my backyard of the Moon, which is said to appear 16% larger and 30% brighter than any other full moon of the year.
I missed the best time to observe the Supermoon, which was just after sunset along the horizon. Even still, our Moon looks incredibly bright tonight, so be sure to step outside to take a look if you get the chance. I don't think it really appears to be any larger than any other full moon, but I'll take any excuse to view the night sky.
If you miss viewing the Moon tonight, try taking a look on Sunday night as it is supposed to look just as amazing.
I love stargazing and looking up into the sky. The most amazing view I've ever had of the night sky was several years ago when I was lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. I was driving home from a concert that my former band played and saw a faint green glow across the sky. As I got closer to home, the light show grew in intensity and the glowing green light stretched from one edge of the horizon to the other. Shades of green pulsated and shifted all around. Before I got home, I stopped in an area with less light pollution and gazed up into the night to watch the most spectacular light show I've ever seen.
I felt so fortunate to witness such an incredible view as it is very unusual to see the Northern Lights from this far south. It was absolutely breathtaking and one of the most amazing things I've ever seen in my life. After this, I wanted to learn more about the Aurora Borealis and I discovered the website, Space Weather, which predicts and catalogs events in the night sky. People from around the world are able to send in their photographs of the Northern Lights, and there were so many taken during the light storm that I witnessed back in November of 2004.
Have you ever seen the Aurora Borealis? How about any other amazing views of the sky, whether it be during the night or day? Is there a view of a place that stands out as the most incredible you've ever seen?