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Pat Shingleton: Tonight's moon...

2 years 9 months 1 week ago Monday, January 05 2015 Jan 5, 2015 January 05, 2015 3:00 AM January 05, 2015 in Pat Shingleton Column
Source: WBRZ Weather Center
By: Pat Shingleton

Tonight's full moon rises at 6:06 and with clear skies, astronomers will enjoy good viewing. Native Americans referred to this moon as the Full Cold Moon. A full Moon, reflecting off a snow surface, increases "moonlight." As noted in a previous column, Parade Magazine's columnist, David Levy, filed an article, "Why We Have A Moon." Levy took a "stab" at answering the question: How did the moon get here? He explained that Earth had a "bad day" almost 4 ½ billion years ago when the planet was spurting volcanoes. At that time, the planets were closer and the moon was 10,000 miles away and rotated faster with a day lasting just 10 hours. With a 24-hour day, the moon is sliding away at about 3 feet every century and is now 240,000 miles out.

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