“Ooooh I’m a big ball of space shit.” No time for the prick. Change the record, you white-ass glorified pebble.
What’s that, you say? Orange and slightly bigger? I could be tempted…
That’s right folks, this coming Sunday is going to be more of a Moonday, since the our little satellite is going through some weird emo phase.
On the 13th of August – the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox (when the sun shines almost directly over the equator) – will shine bright orange shortly after the sunset, in what’s known as a Full Hunter’s Moon.
Tania de Sales Marques, astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, insists that this is definitely something worth seeing, and has implored us all to have a walk about or at least pop your head out of the window to see it.
Speaking to Country Living, she said:
“The October full moon will happen on the 13th and is known as the Hunter’s Moon. The Moon will rise just after sunset, at 18:35 and will be highest in the sky around midnight, so if you go for a walk after dinner and the skies are clear, face south and you should be able to spot a beautiful full moon.“
Bob Berman, an astronomer for the Farmer’s Almanac explained:
“When the moon is high overhead, it is dwarfed by the vast hemisphere of the heavens and appears to our eyes as a small disk in the sky.
“By contrast, when the moon is low, it is viewed in relation to earthly objects, such as chimneys or trees, whose size and shape provide scale. Your brain compares the size of the moon to the trees, buildings or other reference points, and suddenly, the moon looks massive.”
But why’s it orange, sir?
He went on…
“When the moon is low in the sky, it is farther away from you than when it is directly overhead.
“Because of this, the light that’s being reflected off of a horizon-hugging moon has to travel a farther distance – and through more particles of air – to reach your eyes.
“By the time we perceive this light, the shorter wavelengths of light, the ‘blue’ ones, have been scattered by the air, leaving only the longer wavelengths, the ‘red’ ones, to reach our eyes. Thus, to us, the bluish hues are filtered out, and the moon takes on an orange tinge.”
Looking forward to this.
Mind you, there will definitely be clouds.
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