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June 3, 2020

Supermoon 2012 Photos from Mesquite, TX

By Donny Claxton

My daughter, Chandler, 15, and I set up on the east side of Mesquite, Texas tonight in anticipation of the Supermoon of 2012–when a full moon happened at perigee–the moon’s closest point to the Earth in 2012.

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Here are the photos we took of this historic event.

Supermoon 2012--Mesquite, TX

 

 

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Supermoon 2012

 

There’s a full moon tonight–well, 96 percent–according to the SkyWalk iPad app.  Because the moon is a perigee–it’s closest point to the Earth, it’s supposed to look SUPER HUGE at its rising and setting.

According to SkyWalk, the moon should rise locally at 8:03 p.m. and set at 6 a.m. in the morning.

If you take a photo or two, please share them with us.

Here’s the first one from Gigi Zagorah in South Africa.  She reports that it looks like the moon of normal.  But as you’ll see, her photo is taken when the moon is high over the horizon.  It’s going to be the optical illusion effect that makes it seem larger than normal tonight.

We will publish more photos as they come in from around the world.

 

The Supermoon from South Africa, by Gigi Zagorah

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Last Eclipse of 2011

We’re all set to observe the last lunar eclipse as it happens beginning at 6:33 a.m. EST tomorrow and lasts until 12:30 p.m. EST.  According to news reports, totality will last a whole 51 minutes of time.  The best visibility will be on the West Coast.  East Coast residents only will get a short span of it before the light of the day becomes too bright to view the rest.

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Image by Getty Images via @daylife

It is events just like this that encompass the spirit of The Wonders Expedition™.

For it is events just like this that have been monitored throughout the world for thousands of years through the development of megalithic circles and stone placements, the orientations of entrances to dolmens and the layouts of pyramids and henges.

If you have the chance to observe the last eclipse of 2011, we encourage you to do so.   You’ll be taking part in one of the oldest forms of human activity and in as much wonder about it as a man, woman or child who observed it as much as 5,500 years ago as the moon’s position rotated through a circle of stones and rocks weighing thousands of pounds.

 

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