31 December 2009

It's all Greek to me

The moon is at perigee on the 1st of January, and at perihelion on the 2nd. "Peri" is Greek and means "around." The "gee" is from Gaia, the earth goddess of the Greeks, and the "helion" is from Helios, their sun god. So, the moon is at its closest point to the earth in this lunar month, and the earth is at its closest point to the sun in this solar year.

It's supposed to be a very bright full moon tonight, but alas, the storm clouds here in the State of Jefferson on New Year's Eve obscure the moon's rise. This is the second full moon of December--a blue moon.

Happy New Year!

1 comment:

nancyo said...

Happy New Year back to you and Sue! I enjoy your blog, Mark, and I always learn something: I didn't know 'perihelion' and now I do.Hope 2010 is one of the best years ever, for us all. N.