Thursday, March 17, 2011

Mongolia | Zaisan | Super Moon!

As most of you lunar-oriented people know there is not only a Full Moon but also a Super Moon coming on March 19. The Full Moon actually occurs here in Zaisan at 2:10 a.m. on the morning of the 20th, rising at  6:47 p.m. on the 19th and setting at  6:38 a.m the next morning. What makes this a Super Moon is that on the night of March 19–20 the moon will be at its closest point to Earth in 18 years—a mere  221,566.68 miles away from our own beloved orb. 

Some commentators believe the Super Moon will trigger vast floods, earthquakes, tidal surges, and volcanic activity. We have already had vast floods in Australia and killer quakes in Japan, but expect worse, much worse, according to these people. Of course some scientists have Pooh-Poohed the Idea

I will be viewing the Super Moon from my usual observatory, the summit of Zaisan Tolgoi. 
 The Summit of Zaisan Tolgoi (Noblemen’s Hill)

Bird’s Eye View of Zaisan  Tolgoi, summit visible at center, bottom. See Enlargement
Zaisan Tolgoi (bottom, center) in summer, with Ulaan Baatar beyond. See Enlargement.


  1. And what would go best with a Super Moon you may ask? Well, a bit of Moonshine, of course. Just watch your step, there are a lot of rocks on the Zaisan Tolgoi!

  2. Thanks for the suggestion, but I think I will go with a frisky but not impertinent Tokay.

  3. The moon in the East had no breast of new fallen snow, but its luster on objects here below was as bright as the sun. Prolonged gazing has rendered me moonstruck.

  4. The Supermoon was a big event, Saturday night, after a glass of dry rose with shrimp carbonara and good family dinner. Sadly it rained throughout the evening. Did you see it?