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Saturday, March 19, 2011

I see the moon, and the moon sees me!

View of a full perigee moon over Manila, Philippines

If you are lucky enough, you were able to catch a glimpse of tonight's "Super Moon."  The last time this phenomenon happened was approximately eighteen years ago.  The moon happens to be at its closest in orbit and it is a full moon, making it appear about thirty percent larger! 

We let the kids stay up a little late to observe this lovely sight.  And it really did look bigger than usual as it climbed up into the clear night sky.  We got the telescope out of the closet and were able to get a really close look at the craters and surface features of the moon.

When we came in for bed time stories, we read from In The Light of  the Moon, which has thirteen stories of the moon from around the world, all arranged by the moon's current state; full, waxing, waning, etc.  Some other great stories for a night like this, or any night of moon gazing, are Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, and Little Moon Dog.

So, enjoy this special night, just like the Owl and the Pussycat from the classic Edward Lear Poem.

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
    They danced by the light of the moon,
          The moon,
          The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.


  1. Thanks for liking so many of my books! Lovely! Cheers - Reg Down

  2. And thank you, Mr. Down, for bringing such joy and wonder to my children!

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