Tag: space

What is a Supermoon?

The “Supermoon” full moon is this weekend! WikiPedia says: A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the moon’s disk as seen from Earth. The next occurrence will be …

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Top five suggested names for #4179 Toutatis

The near-Earth asteroid 4179 Toutatis, which is about 3 miles wide, was within 4.3 million miles of Earth during its closest approach this morning (December 12, 2012). Deflector shields up! No disrespect to Toutatis, the great Celtic god and tribal protector, but “4179 Toutatis” is a bit of a strange name and no one knows …

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