(pronounced with a hard “g” as in juice)
We have just changed the time again. I love getting the extra hour back, and bright mornings again, but evenings now feel like we have slipped into a pocket of darkness for the winter. Sort of an emotional hibernation. So we look up.
The Moon revolves around the Earth in an elliptical orbit. This means it is sometimes closer to the Earth than other times. The point of the orbit closest to the Earth is called the Perigee. Conversely, the point of the orbit furthest from the Earth is called the Apogee. The moon will be at Perigee on November 14. This would be a very ordinary event, since it happens about each month, but it is notable that this particular time, it will be closer than it has since 1948, and won’t be again until 2034.
Lunar phases do not sync with its approach to Perigee or Apogee. When a full moon occurs close to the moon’s perigee, it is known as a Supermoon. This particular one will become full within about two hours of perigee making it sort of an extra supermoon. Moon rise will be the best time to go out (or look out) to see this night’s moon since near the horizon, illusion mixes with reality to make a low hanging moon that appears unnaturally large.
These regular rotations and revolutions give order and balance to our universe. This is so necessary on so many levels, the least we can do is watch, pray, appreciate. We sometimes struggle for order and balance to our lives and our thinking; so to look to our Creator to help us maintain that order and balance is wise. We look up in gratefulness, for what He has done, not so we can imitate the balance and order on our own strength, but to ask Him to accomplish that in our hearts and lives.
Tides are mostly generated by the moon’s gravitational pull, so at the perigee, the moon pulls harder, producing a Spring Tide. Don’t get too excited though, it doesn’t mean we get spring, nor does it (necessarily) happen in spring. The word”spring” in this case is merely a synonym to “jump”, or “leap”. So until the “season of spring” returns and we are released from the pocket of darkness, we will look for other fascinating occurances in our universe.
So now the mystery has been snatched away , enjoy the upcoming supermoon. Meanwhile, I have just entered perigee to the coffee pot. I think I can reach it now.