Watch the heavens move and be sure to kill every fly you can
By Jim Schuh
After experiencing a few recent super moons, when the moon appeared larger than usual to us earthlings, I started thinking about scientific things and passing along a few thoughts.
Super moons aren’t exactly a rarity – they show up every so often when the moon’s elliptical orbit brings it close to earth. At that time, scientists tell us the moon can shed about 30 percent more light on earth.
You’ve probably done something I’ve done a time or two – try to see how much the earth moves in relation to the sun and moon. You sit outside in the shade, find a stationary object that has a shadow and watch how much the sun’s shadow moves. I’ve also looked out a window when the moon comes into view and watched how far it travels in relation to a tree outside.
Maybe the best way to see how quickly the moon seems to move across the sky is to set up a telescope focused on it, and you can detect its movement quickly. Before long, you have to reset the telescope, because the moon has moved out of view.
As usual, the weather people in Washington, D.C., issued a winter forecast for us last fall. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said we in central Wisconsin were in for a cold time, with lower than average temperatures in these parts. They said the “La Nina” weather phenomenon could bring us more snow than usual. So far, it hasn’t happened. But they said “La Nina” should manifest itself here between now and April.
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