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Didn't see it, but dreamt of it. []
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I saw it, but didn't remember that's what it was-- that explains it.
But it'll be there tonight as well, pretty much.

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Yet more monsoonal cloud cover rolled in on cue, so didn't get to see it. []
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I did see this Moon and it did look big to me. This must be something about both the modern day Internet and my attitude to things however as while 19 years ago is a long time, I do remember it, I believe I was at College then, but I don't recall much about a large moon. Unless some of the Rugby team were involved.

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It just looks like an ordinary "harvest moon;" That's what I thought it was, in fact. Maybe a little bigger-- 5% tops. So most people wouldn't ordinarily notice.
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Apparently the moon appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal, according to a newspaper article I read this evening []

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Pfft, that's a trick-photo!
A telephoto lens can make it look as big as you want compared to foreground objects, if you just increase the distance and magnification enough. That's not what it would look like to the naked eye.
Consider this photo:
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Obviously, the moon never looks that big in real life!

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Apparently the moon appeared 14% bigger and 30% brighter than normal, according to a newspaper article I read this evening

It could be, I didn't measure. []

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Well... it isn't upcoming, but it has been cool watching Jupiter, Venus, Mercury, for a couple days early on, Mars, and the last couple days, the waning moon all in the eastern dawn sky the last half of May! mercury sped past Venus and raced into the rising sun, and poor Jupiter has been left high in the sky.
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One of the longest total lunar eclipses happens this full moon. I'll see totality about the time I wake up in the morning, provided the predicted clouds don't interfere.
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It was pretty groovy to see that, early this morning. []
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Despite its proximity to the sun, portions of the surface of Mercury appear to be covered in ice, scientists said Thursday after analyzing about 20,000 new images of the smallest planet in the solar system.

The pictures beamed to Earth by the Messenger spacecraft strongly suggest that frozen water - and perhaps other frozen substances - coat portions of impact craters near the planet's north and south poles. Permanently enshrouded in shadow, these surfaces are typically a chilly 300 degrees below zero Fahrenheit.

"One of the great ironies is that Mercury may have more ice at its poles than even our own moon," Jim Green, director of NASA's planetary-science division, said during a news conference.

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A rover zoomed toward Mars on an 8 1/2-month, 354 million-mile journey Saturday, the biggest, best equipped robot ever sent to explore another planet.

NASA's six-wheeled, one-armed wonder, Curiosity, will reach Mars next summer and use its jackhammer drill, rock-zapping laser machine and other devices to search for evidence that Earth's next-door neighbor might once have been home to the teeniest forms of life.

Can't wait!

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How comes it takes 6 months to go to Mars by rocket, but two years, not to mention ten years of preparation to do it with a man?
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Did anyone in the far north/Scandinavia see the aurora borealis? I read that it was the biggest solar flare in 6 years. I'd love to see the northern lights, but alas, not yet.
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They should have been visible here in Merrie Olde Englande but it was awful weather around here so I didn't see them. []
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I meant to include those in the far southern hemisphere by inquiring on the australis borealis as well...
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One of the busiest weeks of the year, I didn't have time to go outside and look for it []

I wish I could have seen it some time, but so far I never have.

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Look for Venus and Jupiter to the west in the evening sky. A nice planetary conjunction.
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Caught the crescent moon between Jupiter & Venus the other evening. Looked pretty cool!
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super big moon tomorrow night!
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The glow last night was almost incandescent! []

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Perseids meteor shower tonight!
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Are there any bets whether Comet ISON makes it around the sun later this year?
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Asteroid collision! []
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