SPACE the pioneer organization working towards the development of science and astronomy in India, invites people, astrophotographers as well as amateur photographer across the world to click the "biggest full moon of 2013". Full moon is when the sun and the moon are being in opposite direction from an earth perspective and the moon is fully illuminated. On Sunday 23rd June, 2013 as the full moon would be rising just after sunset, one can plan to shoot the biggest moon against the Foreground objects like monuments, buildings, structures to make it more interesting rather than just clicking the moon.
Mr.C.B. Devgun, President of Science Popularization Association of Communicators and Educators (SPACE) said, "SPACE is disseminating this activity in order to educate and create awareness among the people that Full moon of 2013 is definitely not to be associated with natural disasters in any way. All that will happen is the moon will appear brighter and there is nothing to worry about this activity. So just go out and enjoy the biggest full moon even with naked eyes. This happens when the full moon coincides with its closest approach to Earth. The moon is reaching what is known as its "perigee", the closest approach to earth in its orbit."It will appear 14 percent brighter than the average full moon and also the year's biggest. This year's biggest moon will happen at 16:41 IST at 356989 kms exactly at the time when full moon is happening".
What is Supermoon?
As each and every object in this universe revolves around another object, it does that in an ellipse. So it comes closer and goes farther away from a mean distance. These two positions are called perigee and apogee. Apogee and perigee refer to the distance from the Earth to the moon. Apogee is the furthest point from the earth. Perigee is the closest point to the earth and it is in this stage that the moon appears larger. On the night of June 23rd ,2013 the moon is reaching what's known as its "perigee", the closest approach to earth in its orbit - a mere 356989 kms miles away. It will appear 14% brighter than the average full moon. Sky watchers can have a spectacular view of an extra-big, extra-bright moon.
The clicked images can be shared at firstname.lastname@example.org. An interesting image will be displayed on SPACE online photo gallery
Notes to Editor
About SPACE Foundation:
SPACE FOUNDATION CAME INTO EXISTENCE in 2001, with the goal of popularizing science via Astronomy and Space Sciences throughout the domains of education, public and media. SPACE has been changing the face of Science and Astronomy awareness, education and innovation in India through path-breaking concepts, services and programs. We are constantly striving to use these programs to foster scientific temperament in society, especially among the youth who are the harbingers of our future.
The ultimate intention is to create an intelligent, analytic and space savvy global community who will be the future leaders in manís exploration of space and the universe, in a world that is rapidly heading to a space age.
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