#107. The beauty of the Super Moon
Superman and the Moon just had a baby; it was born today. I got to see it first hand, and let me tell you, it was beautiful.
Obviously Superman and the Moon didn’t have a baby; Superman is fictional and the moon is inanimate. But, if those 2 things could mesh together perfectly, it would be about half as awesome as the moon looked today.
What is a supermoon?
A supermoon is the result of a full or new moon in its closest approach on its orbit. This results in the largest apparent size of the moon from Earth. So, when the Earth, Moon and Sun are all in a line, with the Moon in its nearest approach to Earth, you get a supermoon.
Supermoons happen fairly regularly, but the change is usually fairly small. Today’s supermoon was the largest since 1948, and will be the largest until 2034. A supermoon getting that big is a thrice in a lifetime opportunity, and I got to experience it first hand.
To me, the moon represents the protector of the night. While the sun is away on his break, the moon holds down the fort. The moon illuminates the dark world, while at the same time, allowing it to be dark enough for the beings of Earth to sleep.
The supermoon represents the moon rising to the occasion. Our protector of the night will have its largest test yet, and he(or she??) will rise to the occasion. It won’t let us down. It became large, mighty, and it received the yellow hue allowing it to replicate the Sun. It is shining as much as it can.
The moon doesn’t deal with anything it can’t handle. Have you realized that moonlight is a reflection of sunlight. Of course you have. Why does the moon reflect off of the sun. Because it doesn’t have light, so it doesn’t handle that.
Take a lesson or 5 from the moon, it’ll teach you a lot.