Saturday, May 5, 2012
When I was little, my parents traveled to Holland to visit their parents...my grandparents. Part of their trip included sidetrips through Europe while I stayed with my grandparents. Apparently I was homesick for them and my grandfather took me outside at one point. I happen to see the moon, and cried out "La Luna, La Luna!" My grandparents didn't know Spanish and wondered what I was saying at first...of course they figured it out, and seeing Luna apparently gave me comfort. It was a familiar sight for me back home in Maracaibo and I suppose I've always had a soft spot for Luna.
Today was a "Super Full Moon", when the moon's orbit brings it to the closest point to the Earth. What we see then is a full moon that is 30% brighter and 14% bigger than a normal full moon.