Thursday, 4 January 2018

HEAVEN AND EARTH: Watching the Supermoon from Borneo

picture taken at night

this one taken at dawn

In 2017 right until today, many people in Borneo are whipped with excitements because of the moon. Why not? The reason is because of the supermoon (scientifically known as perigee syzygy). According to Wikipedia, Supermoon is defined as a full moon or a new moon that approximately coincides with the closest distance that the Moon reaches the Earth in its elliptic orbit, resulting in a larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from the earth.

Many took snapshots of the moon as it appeared full; and many of those pictures were beautiful. I took one near my home (above). According to Malay proverb bulan (moon) is associated to cantik (beautiful); Cantik Macam Bulan (as beautiful as the moon). 

The heaven will be offering us a number of interesting phenomenons this January of 2018. Among them are:
January 2, 2018                 First full moon of the year (also supermoon)
January 3 & 4, 2018          Quadrantids Meteor showers
January 31, 2018               Full moon and a super blue moon (also a lunar eclipse)

Blue moon is the second full moon in the same month. Because blue moon is an unusual phenomenon that colloquially, it is also used to refer to a rare event. The best places to see these things are on high places with clear weather and the least amount of light pollution. One such place is at Bukit Bongol, Kampong Pirasan at Kota Belud.  


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