Bright Full Moon Dec. 22 : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

December 22, 1999 and the Moon Everyone should mark their calendars. It will be the Last Lunar Harrah of the Millennium. This year will be the first full moon to occur on the winter solstice, December 22, commonly called the First Day of Winter, in 133 years. Since the full moon on the winter solstice will occur in conjunction with a lunar perigee, the point in the moon's orbit that is closest to Earth, the moon will appear about 14 per cent larger than it does at apogee, the point in its elliptical orbit that is farthest from the Earth. The Earth is also several million miles closer to the sun than in the summer, and sunlight striking the moon will be about 7 per cent stronger making it brighter.

Also, this will be the closest perigee of the Moon of the year, since the moon's orbit is constantly deforming. In layman's terms, it will be a super bright full moon, much more than the usual AND it hasn't happened this way for 133 years. If the weather is clear and there isn't a snow cover where you live, it is believed that even car headlights will be superfluous. Our ancestors 133 years ago saw this. Our descendants 100 or so years from now will see this again. Remember, this will happen December 22, 1999.

-- No Polly (, December 15, 1999


This is true, but it would be nice if you cite your source rather than posting something like this as if you wrote it.

-- ... (.@...), December 15, 1999.

On December 21st. 1866 the Lakota Sioux took advantage of this combination of occurrences and staged a devastating retaliatory ambush on soldiers in the Wyoming Territory.

-- (another@tid.bit), December 15, 1999.

If the weather is clear and there isn't a snow cover where you live, it is believed that even car headlights will be superfluous.

Also, this should read as "If the weather is clear and there IS a snow cover where you live..." The snow cover allows the moonlight to reflect off the ground.

-- (another@tid.bit), December 15, 1999.

Everybody remember to give the Yourdonite howl at 11:00 pm.


-- lisa (, December 15, 1999.

Check out The OLD Farmers Almanac. Click on red letter day Dec 22. on the calendar. I suggest homeowners with garden space buy themselves a copy for planting tables/last frost dates etc. for this spring. The concern over the moon is the high tides issue. A seismologist is predicting quake activity associated with the rare lunar allignment. The Three Wise Men were astonomers people. Astral study is not the occult.

-- Lorelei the Pagan (, December 15, 1999.

No Polly,

Thanks for posting this. I love tidbits like this. Hope the sky is clear.

-- (, December 15, 1999.

While very pretty, this combination also increases earthquake risk. I think I read that the west coast is at higher risk of earthquake in the last days of 1999.

-- David Holladay (, December 15, 1999.

Sorry about not citing a source. I received this tidbit via e-mail; the original source is unknown. I realize it has nothing to do with Y2K, but found it interesting enough to pass on.

-- No Polly (, December 15, 1999.

I received an e-mail about this yesterday. I have no idea about the original source. The additional information in my e-mail is as follows:

"The last time this happened, on December 21st, 1866, the Lakota Sioux took advantage of the exceptionally bright moonlight and staged a devastating retaliatory ambush on soldiers in the Wyoming Territory.

Look for an eastern looking, hiking or paddling place, and between Dec. 20 and Dec. 24 you can enjoy some good nature activities in the moonshine. If you want to go straight from dusk to full "moonshine", go early (i.e. around Dec. 20) since the moon rises earlier before the full moon. After the 22nd start your hike late.

Independently of the millennium, this is a unique natural phenomena that will occur once in your lifetime. Don't miss it!"

-- Brooks (, December 15, 1999.

Interesting. Thanks No Polly!

Lisa, LOL ;^)

-- Ashton & Leska in Cascadia (, December 15, 1999.

At least there will be a few more lunatics seeing things through eyes like mine. Madness loves company.

Lotsa babies will be born, and the loony bins will fill up. Clinton can blame this all on right wing religious fanaticism or sumpin'. We know the truth.

Kook In The Moon

-- Y2Kook (, December 15, 1999.

Signs and wonders, signs and wonders.

-- BoltAction (, December 15, 1999.

I'm hoping for a snowfall here in the Northeast the day before. There is nothing like walking in the woods at night, in fresh snow, under a full moon. No flashlight needed. Truly a different perspective.

-- Scottsworth (, December 15, 1999.

December 21st is the birthdate of Joseph Stalin. Also of Jane Fonda and Phil Donahue.

-- Nikoli Krushev (, December 15, 1999.

The last REALLY full moon I saw was in a college dorm when a buddy "lit one up"!!!! Never saw that act before or after!!!! Quite an extraordinary event for the uninitiated, I assure you. '

This all happened many, many years (BLUSH!!!) before the dawn of the computer age...but I remember it well!

-- Laughter (, December 15, 1999.

A link for article.

-- stargazer (looking@themoon.con), December 15, 1999.

Saw a guy on the O'Reilly factor last week talking about this very occurance, and the tie-in with siesmic (sp?) activity on the west coast. He had predicted the 89 & 94 earthquakes, and is predicting an earthquake in the 3.5-6.0 range for next week, from mid-California to Oregon. When O'Reilly asked him how to prepare, he said to take it seriously and prepare like you should for Y2K. Went on to say he had a 2500 gallon watertank installed on his property, etc., and was taking Y2K very seriously. Not a blink out of O'Reilly on the Y2K stuff, which was kind of dissapointing as I like him and his show. Oh well, time will tell...


-- mama (, December 15, 1999.

Since we get a full moon once every twenty-nine and one half days, more or less, it follows that on any given winter solstice there is a one in twenty-nine chance that the moon will be full on that day.

Therefore, there should be a full moon on winter solstice and average of once every twenty-nine and a half years.

Surprising that the odds would work out such that it's been 133 years. Are you sure?


-- Al K. Lloyd (, December 18, 1999.

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