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Close Encounter

According to seasky.org, today’s 2011 March full moon will be closer to our planet than it has been in 18 years. Allow me to quote:

The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 18:10 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Worm Moon because this was the time of year when the ground would begin to soften and the earthworms would reappear. This moon has also been known as the Full Crow Moon, the Full Crust Moon, and the Full Sap Moon. This will also be the largest full moon of the year because it will be near perigee, its closest point to the Earth. It is also the largest and closest full moon in the last 18 years. Astronomers call this a supermoon, a phenomenon that occurs about every 18 years.

We don’t see more than four or five of those close encounters during an average lifetime.

I also have great pleasure in enclosing a video clip of 11 minutes duration in which a number of Mallorcan pagèsos (farmers) from the Felanitx area explain how the moon influences the growing of vines for the making of a good wine, and how a UFO was spotted near Son Suau. You’ll take in a bit of the Mallorcan lingo on the way, with subtitles in Castellano. Enjoy.

The photos were taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The dates: September 24th, 2010 and March 19th, 2011. The time was 21:16:46 and 20:59:06, respectively. The video was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of YouTube and 4kilosvinicola.

Thank you very much and

moltes gràcies.

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