See you outside for the supermoon Sunday

Published 11:33 pm Friday, November 11, 2016

am no astronomer, but there has always been something captivating about the moon to me. I guess because, unlike the sun, which is hot and powerful, the moon seems to rest quietly and unassumingly.

Others like myself, obviously, also have been intrigued by this satellite that orbits the earth and have even gone so far as to write stories and tunes about it.

There is the song “Blue Moon,” which is a classic sung by many including Ella Fitzgerald and Elvis Presley, “Dancing in the Moonlight” by the Kings Harvest, and Cat Stevens’ “Moon Shadow.”

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Margaret Wise Brown wrote a little child’s book about the moon, “Good Night Moon.” This tale has become a classic and is so popular more than 800,000 copies are sold annually.

Then, of course, there is the Mother Goose nursery rhymes we all learned when we were young, like, “Hey, diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon.”

And if it was not enough for the moon to inspire those in the arts, the moon has always been a motivating influence for those who love science.

On July 16, 1969, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) landed Apollo 11 on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first human to ever step foot on its surface. More than half a billion people watched including my family.

I still remember my parents waking my brother and me up to watch that historic moment.

So for those of us who like the moon for whatever reason, rather it be for solace, inspiration, romance or just plain old stargazing, a supermoon is set to occur on Monday.

What is a supermoon? I was not sure myself until I did some research.

According to Astrologer Richard Nolle, a supermoon is a new or full moon which occurs with the moon at or near within 90 percent of its closest approach to Earth in a given orbit, which means the Earth, moon and sun are all in a line, with the moon in its nearest approach to Earth.

By this definition, however, that means there are four to six supermoons a year on average, but the supermoon on Monday is different. The 2016 November full moon will be the moon’s closest encounter with Earth in more than 68 years, since January 26, 1948.

I am happy to say, I was not around in 1948, so I figure that if I want a chance at seeing this marvel, I had better make sure and remember to step outside on Sunday, because the next time a supermoon is set to happen is in 2034.

Hopefully, I will still be around in 18 years, but I sure don’t want to take any chances.

See you outside.

Terri Cowart Frazier is a staff writer at The Vicksburg Post. Reach her at Readers are invited to submit their opinions for publication.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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