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    Re: The Moon?
    From: Geoffrey Kolbe
    Date: 1999 Dec 20, 12:25 AM

    This was sent to me, I thought it worth repeating to the list.
    
     The moon will be full the 22th of this month.
     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.
    
    Have a good Christmas!
    
    Geoffrey Kolbe.
    

       
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