Everyone Missed This Supermoon in My Humble Opinion

The year is 4.54 B.C. An astronomer has just observed the “Brightest Supermoon of All Time.” And he, according to his document, “is as worthy of homage as the God of the sun, of…

Everyone Missed This Supermoon in My Humble Opinion

The year is 4.54 B.C. An astronomer has just observed the “Brightest Supermoon of All Time.” And he, according to his document, “is as worthy of homage as the God of the sun, of the moon and of the star.” In the seven decades since he made this claim, many hundreds more people have observed the most recent supermoon.

No one, I believe, has ever produced a document with exactly that word count. There are no precise records, so it is impossible to say for sure. I think the next supermoon will be in February. The newest numerical references date back to 1976. But as with birthdays, there is never an exact moment of birth. How old that was will affect how much we learn about it. I would guess that this January’s supermoon was born some time after Nov. 3, 1946, which is a date of “first insight.” (First insight = illumination that first moment it comes into full phase.)

Oh, and don’t blame the supermoon. We have this one for you, too. It’s the first of the summer equinoxes in which each day is brighter than the one before it. The equinoxes that come closest to the spring and autumn equinoxes and are named “super-Set” correspond to the first week of March, the second week of February, and the fourth week of August.

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