Saturday, December 24, 2022

Pic(k) of the Week: Cold Moon rises

Super Cold Moon rises (03)

The Full Cold Moon —or the Full Long Nights Moon— is so named because, during December, the winter cold fastens its grip and nights are at their longest and darkest. It is also sometimes called the Moon before Yule.
Farmer's Almanac.

That's an image of the 'Super' Full Cold Moon * in early December 2017. I'm posting it today —five years later, on Christmas Eve, 24 December 2022— because it's cold!

Even Atlanta, Georgia —deep in the American South— is not immune to the effects of the winter storm gripping much of the United States. The temperature this morning was (a 'balmy') -13 °C or, with the wind chill figured in, -22 °C. That's 8 °F and minus 8 °F, respectively, in degrees Fahrenheit. No blizzard, though, unlike other areas.

Be that as it may, here's a greeting of the season in the Lithuanian language of my forebears:
Linksmų Kalėdų!

  • * What is a Super moon?
    "The lunar distance is on average approximately 385,000 km (239,000 mi), or 1.28 light-seconds. When the moon reaches its shortest distance to Earth — known as perigee — it is about 226,000 miles (363,300 km) away. If perigee coincides with a full moon phase, this is generally called a supermoon. The term is not a scientific one, but it is used by the skywatching community when the full moon appears within 90% of perigee. Supermoons appear roughly 17% bigger and 30% brighter than the faintest moon of the year. Since the moon's gravity exerts a pulling force on Earth's oceans to produce tides, the moon's closer proximity to Earth around perigee can also trigger higher-than-usual tides. When the moon is at its farthest distance from Earth, known as apogee, it is about 251,000 miles (405,500 km) from our planet. [There will be two supermoons in 2023: on 1 August and 31 August.]"

  • Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of images posted on Saturdays, and occasionally, but not always (as is the case today), with a good fermentable as the subject.
  • Photo 52 of 52, for year 2022. See it at Flickr: here.
  • There are 53 Saturdays in 2022. So, next week's Pic(k) of the Week, although posted on 31 December 2022, will be 'officially' credited as the first image of 2023.
  • Commercial reproduction requires explicit permission, as per Creative Commons.

  • Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.

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