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Pat Shingleton: "A Moon That is Cold..."

3 years 3 months 3 days ago December 18, 2013 Dec 18, 2013 Wednesday, December 18 2013 December 18, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Tuesday evening's full moon was termed the "Full Cold Moon" by Native Americans. A full Moon reflecting off of a snow surface increases "moonlight." David Levy once noted in an article "Why We Have A Moon," that the orb fulfills multiple purposes. When asked, "How did the Moon get here?" he explained that Earth had a "bad day" 4 and-a-half billion years ago when the planet was spurting massive volcanoes. The planets were closer and the moon was about 10,000 miles away. Earth was rotating faster and a day lasted only 10 hours. Today, with a 24-hour day, the moon is sliding away at about 3 feet every century and is now 240,000 miles out. For your viewing pleasure Moonrise tonight will occur at 6:33, setting at 7:41 am.

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