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Don't always believe what you hear. 

We have received hundreds of e-mails over the last week about how the moon is going to be super big and bright.  Brighter than it has been in this century, brighter than in the last 133 years.

The moon does appear a bit bigger and brighter right now.  Some of the details of those E-Mails that you have received are true.

But here are the facts:

Sky and Telescope has done the math.  Have a look for yourself. 
http://www.skypub.com/news/pr_991217brightmoon.html

Now, that being said.  The big bright full moon is very nice right now.  Take the opportunity to go for a moonlit hike.  Have a moonwatching party.  Enjoy the night sky. Look up!

Tim "the moon guy"

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