"The Two Incredibly Close Full Moons of 2002, and the Farthest"

Scheduled air date: 2002 Feb 18-24

This week's Full Moon—the closest to Earth of the year—as well as next month's, will be about 30000 miles/49000 km closer than the Full Moon of October—the farthest of the year.  Because they are so much closer, these Full Moons will appear both larger...

...and about 30% brighter than the Full Moon of October!
(Shown for mid-Northern latitudes around midnight on the night of February 26th-27th.)

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Illustrations on this page were created using TheSky Astronomy Software, an advanced desktop planetarium program designed for Windows.

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