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Once in a blue moon

January 10, 2009
Denpasar moon ada di pulau Bali. Remember that song?

Denpasar moon ada di pulau Bali. Remember that song?

If you don’t have plans tonight, why not do a moon-gazing session. This report says that the full moon this month will be the biggest for this year. A recent local news report said that Brunei will be experiencing high tide from around now until the end of the month. Now I see why.

I just stepped out outside to check on the moon but the clouds are hiding it away. I will take pictures and upload them here. Or, you can wait until Monday when its the 15th of Muharram, so dont miss this phenomenon.

The tide is high and I'm moving on ... says Blondie. Brunei is experiencing high tides at the moment until the end of the month.

The tide is high and I'm moving on ... says Blondie. Brunei is experiencing high tides at the moment until the end of the month.

There is a connection between the moon and the tide. Earth’s oceans are pulled by the gravity of the moon and the sun. So when the moon is closer, tides are pulled higher. (Maybe this will be the best time to surf – will write about surfing in Brunei soon)

A full moon rises right around sunset, no matter where you are. That’s because of the celestial mechanics that produce a full moon: The moon and the sun are on opposite sides of the Earth, so that sunlight hits the full face of the moon and bounces back to our eyes.

At moonrise, the moon will appear even larger than it will later in the night when it’s higher in the sky. This is an illusion that scientists can’t fully explain. Some think it has to do with our perception of things on the horizon vs. stuff overhead.

Try this trick, though: Using a pencil eraser or similar object held at arm’s length, gauge the size of the moon when it’s near the horizon and again later when it’s higher up and seems smaller. You’ll see that when compared to a fixed object, the moon will be the same size in both cases.

I think there’s a special prayer when you watch a full moon. Will search for this too. Happy moon-watching. Weather permits.

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