The full moon arrives on Saturday, March 31 at 8:37 am Eastern Daylight Time. Unfortunately, it will not be "full" when the night comes from the US, but it is still called "full". It's hard to tell the difference!
The gloriously bright full moon varies from month to month as the moon's orbit is not a perfect circle around our globe. Sometimes his next point (called "perigee") happens at full moon (not this time); This is when it's called a "supermond" because it's a bit bigger and brighter. The furthest point of the moon is called "apogee".
On average, our lunar companion is 238,855 miles. Its extreme point is 252,088 miles; (1
The Apollo astronauts needed about three days to reach the moon.
The fastest trip so far, like the moon, was the probe New Horizons that passed in just eight hours and 35 minutes on the way to Pluto.
However, sunlight only takes 1.3 seconds to be reflected by the moon
There is certainly a limit to how quickly future astronauts can come to the moon and still live to tell about it. The 238,000-mile gap between the Earth and the Moon is not very far, considering slowing down to slow enough to get into orbit.
On March 31, the full moon will be 235,871.8 miles from Earth. That's from the center of the earth, so you'd have to subtract half the Earth's diameter to find out how far the Moon is from you. That brings the moon to "only" 231,913 miles back and forth!
It's a miracle just to look at the moon with your naked eyes.
The moon offers its beautiful "face", which for many represents the "man in the desert" moon. "The moon appears so smooth to our eyes, though it is quite rough, even binoculars will begin to show the rugged mountains and numerous craters, but you must fix the binoculars on a tripod or hold them firmly against a fence or other object
When the moon is full, however, the sunlight is directed backwards and you are missing shadows that help highlight mountain ranges, craters, and other features.
If the moon is not full, you can walk along the lunar terrain in sharp relief the boundary between the illuminated side of the moon and the darkness This boundary is called a "terminator."
The view in the telescope also depends on the sky conditions, and very often the atmosphere will be turbulent, affecting "seeing." and high magnifications do not work well, in rare cases the atmosphere will be stable and the amount of detail you can choose can be breathtaking.
In rare cases, when you are staring at the moon with a telescope, you may see a goose silhouette in Silhouette, or even the space station or a jet plane. I once saw a V formation of geese crossing the moon. They were so far away that the entire formation fit into the disk of the moon. It was a beautiful sight.
If you have a telescope, look at the moon at its full level to cast a bit of shadow on one side of the moon. In fact, the moon can only be 99.9 percent full. The only time when it's 100 percent full, the moon is not even bright. That's because the moon is in total lunar eclipses, in the shadow of the earth, exactly (or almost exactly) opposite the earth from the sun.
– Peter Becker is Managing Editor at The News Eagle of Hawley, Pennsylvania. Notes are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate in which newspaper or on which website you read this column.